Anyone who knows and loves me would say that I love the Holiday season…that Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. I thought about “why” more deeply when asked to write this blog.
The obvious answer is I love the magic, I love the sparkle, I love the twinkle and the jingle. The hustle and bustle. I love the essence of Christmas and how it awakens your senses. Just that there is something joyful in the air that is distinctive to this time of year.
As I thought about it, I went to a deeper place. I thought about my mother, who is 85 and keeps Christmas up all year long now. Everything. Her tree, eight children’s stockings, her lights…every single Christmas decoration stays up in her house all year long. Of course, it’s a lot of work for her to put up and take down, so this makes it easier. But that’s not why she does it. She does it because when people come into her home, they go to a deeper, more joyful place just looking at all the magic around them. They feel love.
That’s the gift of Christmas. If we can somehow close our eyes in times of pain or growth or when our children have had an anaphylactic episode or whatever is going on in life that can take us away to the dark room, that we can somehow decide to walk out and find the twinkle and the sparkle and somehow find that feeling of lightness that everything’s gonna be OK because it’s the season…the season of our life.
I asked my mother, “After living 85 years in this world, what’s the one word that would best describe your life?” Without thinking, without blinking, she said “Faith.”
While we probably have very different feelings in our heart about what faith means, at the end of the day, I believe we have to have faith in something greater than ourselves. Faith for me is faith in love, faith in goodness, faith in family, faith in connectedness, faith in resolve, faith in forgiveness, faith that everything happens for a reason and every encounter brings us to the next chapter and we’re the richer knowing of the unlimited possibilities of life. Faith roots us, and it grounds us, and it centers our souls. It’s hopeful. It’s that eternal hope that helps us move from one moment to the next to find the joy.
That’s what Christmas means to me. It’s the generous spirit that lives within each of us that is sometimes hard to find but so important to always share with the world.
I wish you faith in the magic of the season…and the wisdom to grab it in the moments you need it throughout the year.
With Love & Care,
Mother, Co-Founder and CEO
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