Everyone speaks about money; it is the main reason why people get divorced, hate their jobs, or are desperate to find jobs (even if they’ll hate them once they have them). People dream about having ‘it’ - that financial cushion that will always and forever allow them to have what they want and never have to worry about anything ever again. And the one time money is most desired, is when the holiday season comes along. Yes, Christmas centers on the enjoyment of family - having time with your loved ones while decorating the house with pretty, sparkling ornaments and lights. Christmas is not there to worry about what gifts to purchase, or how to find a way to give a gift to someone you love who so desperately wants it.
Once upon a time, I forgot the main reason for Christmas. I was exhausted by a job that wasn’t even close to my ‘life’s dream,’ and living in an apartment that was beyond desolate no matter how you decorated it. The whole thought of, “I’m well off because I have a roof over my head and food in my daughter’s stomach,” never even entered my mind.
That specific Christmas I wanted to give my best friend and absolute joy of my life a present she’d always wanted. I can’t even remember what it was now, but back then her little girl eyes lit up when she saw it on T.V., and I know she wanted one of her very own. The saddest part, however, was the fact that not only could I not purchase the gift, I didn’t even have money for a tree. That made me sad. My whole life I had grown up in a family that had no money, but every year we had a beautiful tree in the center of the room that my sister and I decorated while Mom, Dad and the grandparents sat around drinking coffee, laughing and enjoying the fact that we were all together. That tree marked a tradition for us. I even remember the time when Dad went out and got one so large that he had to cut the top off in order to get it to fit in the living room. But he did it, and the angel shone on top just like every year before (even though she was a little bit crooked).
Unlike me, my daughter was enjoying the season. Her friends at school were making cards and getting all excited about Santa getting suited up for his annual adventure. My daughter asked me one night why I was so ‘silent;’ she knew I was thinking about something and wanted to know what was bothering me. I told her about the tree…about the fact that we wouldn’t have one. But that beautiful face didn’t fall, it smiled brightly before racing over to the corner to grab her box of art supplies. Green construction paper appeared, the tape dispenser started rolling, and the small hand with the plastic scissors flew faster than any designer on Project Runway.
We laughed, we sang carols and I watched that little girl continue our tradition. We cut out ornaments, colored lights, and put the huge creation up on the wall. It even rivaled Dad’s enormous find. This was the Christmas when it all came back - when all the worry about money and gifts went straight out the window. This was the moment I remembered that it’s all about family, love, friendship and my daughter’s huge heart that now, at twenty-years-old, is still filled with joy.
I had no need for an angel on top of that tree because I had one with me, and every single day I have been blessed to watch her grow up. As Christmas comes closer I already know that no tree will be as amazingly beautiful as that one was, but my ‘adult’ child is even more beautiful. And seeing that we’re still together, sharing each other’s lives, makes us the wealthiest people on the entire planet!
Whether it’s your child, your Labrador, your best friend, your family, or the person you see in the mirror every morning - enjoy this holiday season and feel extremely blessed that they’re still with you!
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Now she is a published author of several works of fiction. The Billy the Kid historical The Heart of a Legend; the thriller, Mind Made; and the adventure novel, Tallent & Lowery 13.
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