Clear Life Dec. 2017 (ClearLife and FYZICAL) 1150 N. Watters Rd. #105 Allen, TX 75013

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Texas Health Monthly December Edition

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ClearLife also makes hearing aid house calls to Dallas/Fort Worth

CHANGING TRADITIONS Holiday Memories Through the Years

My grandparents were what you’d call “winter Texans.” They lived
in Oklahoma for most of the year, but when the winter set in, they’d head to south Texas to escape the cold. This made the holidays extra special for me. From the time I was 6 years old until I was in high school, every year, I would go south to visit my grandparents. We would go shopping in Mexico, visit South Padre Island, and see the beautiful Christmas lights in Hidalgo. Going to Hidalgo was one of my favorite parts of this annual trip with my grandparents. Hidalgo is a tiny town on the Texas side of the United States-Mexico border. Each year, they celebrate the Christmas season with the Festival of Lights. Through the month of December, almost the entire downtown area is covered in colorful Christmas lights and illuminated displays. I loved to wander the city streets with my grandparents and admire the amount of effort that went into decorating the town. After our trip, my grandparents would come back to northern Texas with me to celebrate Christmas day with the rest of the family. It’s been years since I’ve been to Hidalgo for the Festival of Lights. As a kid, the holiday season didn’t really start until I saw the lights with my grandparents. As my life changed, so did my holiday traditions. A big change in recent years came when my son was born. My wife and I were thrilled to celebrate the holidays with the new addition to our family, but to be honest, I don’t remember much about Elijah’s first Christmas. He was still tiny, and we weren’t sleeping very much at the time. That day was really a blur of wrapping paper. This year, Elijah turned 3, and we’ll be far more well-rested on Christmas morning. He’s currently the only little kiddo in the family, and everyone is eager to spoil him during the holidays. As our lives change, so does the way we celebrate the holidays. Some of these changes are absolutely wonderful, like celebrating Christmas with my son. For many of our patients who struggled with hearing loss before they worked with us, they approached the holidays with

dread. This is one of the few times each year when the whole family gets together, and it can be a serious challenge to miss out on those activities and conversations. The memories I made with my grandparents are so important to me, and I know the memories Elijah will make with his grandparents will stick with him for the rest of his life. I feel fortunate to work in a field that allows me to help people enjoy the holidays with their families again. It’s amazing how much richer the holidays are when you can hear clearly!

This year, I’m looking forward to helping our patients enjoy their families’ traditions and starting new traditions with my family!

Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

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