Healing Christmas | Day 330 of my 2023 Journal
When our hosts from Denmark invited us to stay for their Christmas celebration, we were happy to say yes.
I had just recorded a podcast where I used the f-word in relation to Christmas and, after that, wrote the “I ruined Christmas” text as I explored what Christmas is with my three friends on the podcast #Daladiesfixingtheworld.
The openmindedness of my friends made me feel okay with my dislike of the holidays, and it seemed there was some sort of catharsis going on.
Just a few days later, I found myself listening to Christmas music all day, wrapping gifts for a game we play at Christmas, drinking hot wine, and snacking surrounded by like-minded people dressed nicely and with big smiles and big spirits.
We had created decorations and written Christmas cards and had lovely conversations where we felt almost normal.
I suddenly felt Christmas might be all right, might have the spirit of community, of presence, of love, of love for core values, of singing and dancing and playing - and I might learn to enjoy it finally.
We stayed up until 2 in the morning, talking and drinking tea and talking. Mostly talking.
Sharing our stories and listening to the stories of the other guests, I remembered what is important, and the vibe of Christmas even made me remember all the crazy, lovely Christmas stories we have in our family and put a smile on my face.
I might be able to create a lovely Christmas when I have grandchildren. Maybe there is hope?
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