Today I spent time with family and enjoyed it immensely. Tears were shed over loved ones not with us today that were with us this time last year. Tears were also shed over those who had, with welcoming arms, rejoined us after many years of branching out.
Holidays are great aren't they? I think in the end everyone gets what they want. Or maybe not so much what they want but what they need--- whether they realize it's needed or not.
I was hit these past few days with what I like to call "Holiday Syndrome". That warm, fuzzy feeling you get when you see family gathered together, sharing laughs, creating memories. It's something that hits very rarely and when it does you want to hold on to it as long as possible. I've got it still, as you'll easily be able to tell from this post. =)
Family comes in many different packages. Not everyone likes or appreciates the package they are given and it's a shame.
Others see what they have and hold tight to it.
Family is a gift. Family can be born to one another or through a system, be joined together. Either way, family is something to be thankful for.
The people you surround yourself with when you achieve greatness or the when you fail, they are the people who mean the most. Often times it's family or an even more unique type of family--- someone you've grown so close to you welcome them as one of the family.
Days like Thanksgiving are great days for families. We come in from near and far to join together and appreciate one another. The memories you make on days like today are ones you carry with you, tucked deep inside yet easily accessible, for years to come. The laughter that fills the house during the holidays, lingers in your ears long after the decibels drop. These days, the holidays, are special days.
In the beginning, there were traditions. Not really but then again---who knows?
Holidays, namely Thanksgiving, are great for sports traditions that unite the family even when they are divided. Everyone gathers 'round to cheer and talk smack, each person trying to out do the other with the level of stats they know (no one tops me though ;) hehe)
Holiday traditions don't stop and end with sports.
Traditions can be something as simple as Aunt Tif making the banana pudding every year *cough cough*, knowing Granddaddy will be asleep in seconds, Mom's pumpkin pies made just for Uncle Marty, Aunt Becky's broccoli and rice or Julies banana split cake. The little things that get the family talking ahead of time; anticipating what's to come.
After the food though, it's always the same. ;) We all gather around for the Cowboys game. (How awesome was Jason today btw?! For a dude with messed up ribs he looked pretty darn good out there!!)
I think I'm getting waaayy off topic ('cause like always, I wanted to talk about my 'Boys hehe). The point is, enjoy the holidays for what they are. This is a great chance to catch up with family and family is (should be) a huge part of your life. Whether you live in the same house as them or if you're an entire country apart--- Cherish your family during the holidays. And of course pick up a phone or send a card or an email to those who can't, for whatever reason, be with you to share this special day. Holidays can be tough when you're away from loved ones but they can be made easier by doing even the littlest of things!