Wow guys, we made it a whole week into Blogmas, yay! I really hope you’ve been enjoying the posts! Honestly this is quite the accomplishment for me because I wasn’t sure if I could keep this going or not with my school schedule and homework. I was kind of afraid I would crash and burn with this 25 days of Christmas blogging promise, much like this kid running into a freaking cartload of suitcases.
Turns out, I’ve been able to keep it up and I’m super happy about that! My posts for the last week have been very fun to write and shorter than the usual posts I make. Do you guys prefer the shorter posts or the more elaborate ones that I spend a lot of time on? Either way, let me know! Anyways without me rambling any further, I wanted to talk about a more serious topic for today’s post. It’ll be pretty chatty so grab your hot cocoa and your softest blanket!
I go to a private Christian college in San Diego. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned that before, but part of the requirements is attending chapel a certain amount of times per semester. As a freshman and sophomore, you must attend 33 times per semester, and as a junior and senior, it drops to 23. So currently, I go about twice a week to chapel. If I’m honest, I usually use chapel time to relax and catch up on course work, but other days I at least try to give most of my attention to the speaker. Right before Thanksgiving break, I decided to be more present during chapel and really try to understand the message. Looking back I’m really glad I paid attention because it really caused me to understand this time of year more clearly.
Thanksgiving and Christmas is a time for family and I’ve been lucky enough my whole life to have a close knit family with almost no hiccups. I’m truly blessed and I acknowledge that. However, during chapel the speaker explained how this time of year could be a great burden on a lot of people. It could be a time to remember a loss, or a time of great turmoil. It could be the anniversary of the passing of a family member or a friend, or even some conflict I couldn’t possibly understand. My point is, most of us are celebrating during this time of year, but I have never thought of it as a difficult season for others. We’re all so busy with our advent calendars and our decorating of Douglass Firs that sometimes we turn a blind eye to those who need our presence the most. I’ve never thought about Christmas in this way before, and it really opened my eyes.
My thoughts to you today are this: don’t stop celebrating this time of advent, but during this season of giving, sometimes all you need to give is your care and attention. You may not know what someone is going through even though it may seem everyone around you is cheerful and ready for major celebrations. I hope none of this sounds negative or brings anyone down, I just know for me personally I want to be very aware this holiday and I thought I’d spread that message for anyone who cared to listen.
For anyone who happens to be going through a rough patch this season, don’t keep it in just because the holidays are “supposed” to be an exciting time. Your feelings matter regardless of the time of year. My blog has always been a very positive little corner of the Internet, and I’m very proud of that so if you ever need a friend or simple advice, please don’t hesitate to comment or contact me! Even if you’d like to send an anonymous question through Tumblr, I’m usually pretty active on there. That may sound very random, but it comes from my heart. Loneliness and sadness is not something I wish upon anyone, so if I can use this blog to comfort another, I’ve done all the right things.
All my love, Sage
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