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Celebrate, Don't Bellyache!

It's that time of year where for the most part the air if full of all the sights, smells, and sounds of a cheery holiday season...for the most part.

Listen, I know that life deals us a crappy hand at times and that also the timing of those events can be tragically close to the holidays, but try not to let it steal all the good that is still existing around you.

I've never known anyone in mourning say, "Oh the holidays are tough b/c "X" hated them so much".  No shit.  They loved the holidays, so why mope around with out them? 

I lost my mom last year, and she LOVED Christmas.  In fact the few happy memories I have of her and my childhood exist at this time of year.  The first year was definitely hard and when I put up the Rocking Horse tree solely dedicated to her, my heart always twinges a little bit.  However, me crying and being sad does her an injustice as well as creating new memories around me with those that are still around and the blessings that still are abound. 

I'm by no means telling people to stop grieving and suck it up. Just try to remember the good, and that life does indeed go on.  Your loved ones are shining down upon wishing you happiness and joy.  Loved ones currently surrounding you want to enjoy the season with you as well.  Additionally the tribulations you're enduring are only temporary. Hugs to you all grieving at this time and enjoy making new memories!

And yes, as I write this I am taking a heaping spoonful of the medicine I just dished out. Not grieving, but I've been a Grump about how the family plans for the holidays this year are turning out.  I too must remember these are fleeting moments and that all of the motivations are from a place of love.  Must stop the bellyaching.  Gulp.


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