No matter how old you are, if you celebrate Christmas, you woke up this morning and felt it. It’s Christmas Day! Maybe it’s excited children, meals to prepare, gifts to open, all there. For some, maybe its memories, good and not so lovely, trying to reach family or just missing them, at a distance or lost. It’s all the things, bundled up in one day, wonderful and overwhelming at the same time, a race to the big moment and then a quiet melting away, while you do the dishes, tidy up the wrapping, reflect on what did and didn’t show up for you this year. Christmas, we love you and we celebrate, but we also struggle, perhaps looking inward, thinking about what the new year holds.
We at HDM don’t have the answers, but we can offer that we are just like you. We have our own families, with all of the magnificent complications families bring. We have our own issues - health, finances, relationships. All of it. We are real people, feeling all of the real things that Christmas stirs up, both looking forward to and anxious about where 2019 is taking us in our efforts to be happy in our small corner of the world.
It was quite a year for us, as it was for you. The stories we all wrote this year continue, the good and the not so much, propelling us forward into 2019 whether we like it or not! We understand. Those things you are feeling today, we feel them too, the thrills and the daunting bits, they are there for us as they are for you, even today.
But, hello, Christmas! We hear you telling us to bring it back, just for today, to the pause. Listen. In that private mini time-out in the middle of it, maybe while you are reading this very thing, the spirit of today is telling you to thank yourself for your good work, as a parent, as an employee, as a beautiful friend and caring person in the world, doing your best. Try. As you would for a friend, give yourself that gift. Then, at your own speed, go about your day with your thanks in your pocket, and smile to yourself, big or small. Didn’t we keep saying you got this?
That is our wish for you and all of your people this season. Pause. Take that in. And, with that, Happy Christmas, from us to you and onward. 💫