Christmas is almost here. Most families and friends gather on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day to remember good times, bad times, those who are not with us and to rejoice for those who are with us today.
For some, Christmas is a happy time. Some of us get a few extra days off. We have the opportunity to spend more time with our children. We have the opportunity to create new holiday traditions. We are reminded of the reason for the season.
For others, Christmas can be the loneliest time of the year. Some live far away from family and cannot afford to return home. Some are ill or recently widowed. Whatever the reason, no one should be alone during the holidays. Don't let yourself or someone else spend the holidays alone. Accept invitations that have been extended to you and extend a few invitations yourself. Reach out.
If this wasn't the best year of your life and you endured hardships, remember the best could be yet to come. Don't reflect on the bad things that have happened in your life, wrongdoings of others or what should have been. Be strong and never lose your footing. Focus on what is ahead for you. You are in control of your destiny. Reflect on your accomplishments. If your accomplishments are few, work toward a better 2013. Set some goals and work to make them a reality.
Most of all remember and celebrate the reason for the season. Hug those around you. Treasure every moment with family and friends. There is a lot to look forward to in 2013. With that said, have a safe and happy holiday season.