Gearing Up for Seasonal Celebrations WITH FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND FESTIVITIES
Vital Care Patients ENTER TO WIN Find the misspelled word in this newsletter and call (623) 544-0300 for your chance to win a $10 GIFT CARD! CALL (623) 544-0300 Contest is for past and present Vital Care PT patients only. To give you an idea of how busy our December is, we spend the entire Thanksgiving weekend untangling Christmas lights and mapping out elaborate plans to be one of the top contenders for best-decorated house in our neighborhood. I have to say, I’m immensely proud of our family effort. Then, after we get Thanksgiving out of the way, the real holiday marathon of December finally begins. With each passing year, life seems to move faster, doesn’t it? Here at Vital Care, we’re working hard to keep up with all our patients, but even at home, my life is a whirlwind of family activities. To some, the holiday season is the perfect time to slow down and relax, and, while I’m definitely looking forward to the holidays, it’s not because we plan on taking it easy. In fact, my family and I pick up the pace and make the absolute most of the holiday season.
This month, we will either be hosting or attending a party every single weekend. Vital Care will have its annual holiday party the first week of December, then my family and I will attend a number of celebrations hosted by friends, family, volleyball teams, and schools over the remaining weeks. We’ll be constantly cooking, decorating, wrapping, traveling, and merrymaking, and while we’ll be exhausted, we’ll cherish the time we spend with our loved ones. On Christmas Eve, my grandma makes a strawberry birthday cake and our family sings “Happy Birthday to Jesus”. All the kids blow out the Birthday candles to remind us of what we are actually celebrating. All the festivities culminate on Christmas Day. Our tradition is simple but meaningful. Each child gets a chair that’s placed in the middle of the living room. On that chair, unwrapped, is their big gift from Santa. Next to the chair, is each child’s stocking, stuffed full of small trinkets. Then, strategically organized around each chair, are the wrapped gifts from friends and family. We allow our kids to sneak downstairs and dig into their stockings while the rest of us are still sleeping, but they aren’t allowed to touch any wrapped gifts and can only look at their big gift from Santa. They have to wait until the rest of the family rolls out of bed, has a cup of coffee in hand, a comfy spot on the sofa, and a camera within reach before they can dig in. I’ve worried that as they get older, my kids will no longer find the same thrill in our simple tradition. They’re teenagers now, and I’ve heard plenty of stories of kids at their age having less enthusiasm for family festivities. But every year, without fail, they’re still so excited to participate in everything we do. My kids remind me why we
keep our Christmas calendar filled to the brim with events. They’re as thrilled as I am to keep our traditions alive by making the most of the season until the very last days of the year. We participate in a lot of festivities during the holiday season, and there’s something magical about being swept up into the thrill of it all. I’ve realized that, amid the hustle and bustle, there are moments when you can slow down and reflect on the joyful parts of the holiday. They’re inside the moments when a longtime friend wraps you in a warm, welcoming hug at your third party of the week, or when you’re reminded of your favorite relative as you try to perfect their treasured holiday recipe. It’s inside that moment when your child’s face lights up as they unwrap the gift they’ve been waiting for all year. I always look forward to our hectic holiday schedule, but these slow, meaningful moments are what I truly cherish most about the season.
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