What does your Christmas consist of? Are you the kid sneaking downstairs to see all the presents from Santa? Are you the kid hoping to get everything you asked for? To me Christmas revolves around family. This week I have been thinking about what family means on Christmas. This year I was looking forward to Christmas break because sleeping in sounds amazing but I wasn't really excited for Christmas because it wasn't gonna be the same. My brother just left for New Jersey so he wasn't planning on coming home for Christmas which made me sad because we have always had everyone home for Christmas and the thought of him spending Christmas alone made me sad. However this week we found out he has a longer break then he did last year so he's coming home for Christmas.
This really made me value the family part of Christmas because if he wasn't there the room would feel empty. There would be no one to make childish jokes with and no one to understand my youngness. I'm sure he's also glad he's coming home because who wants to spend Christmas alone?.Making sure no one is alone on Christmas is a value my family cherishes. We make sure everyone has a family whether blood related or not to spend Christmas with. Throughout the years our Christmases have started getting bigger. A few years ago my great aunt Jean didn't have anyone to spend her Christmas with so my grandma invited her to spend christmas with us. The first year aunt Jean came we although we didn't buy her presents or anything cause we didn’t know she was coming she still looked very happy. My aunt Jean isn't around kids very much anymore so she really seemed to enjoy being around me and my cousin. Seeing my aunt so happy even though she didn't have presents to open really opened my eyes to how messed up of a society we live in. I think a lot of the younger generation is really caught up in the receiving part of christmas. When christmas is actually about giving whether it's giving gifts or giving company and happiness. For example my we didnt give my sunt presents but we still gave her something. We gave her a day with family and included her in our craziness that we call Christmas.
Our extended family Christmas doesn't stop there because my grandma makes sure absolutely no one is alone on Christmas. My cousins grandma on the other side of my cousins family also spends christmas with us. My cousins call her mima. So everyday Christmas we have my family, my mom's brothers family, Aunt Jean, Mima, and my grandma. Mima spending christmas with us has really opened my eyes on marriage. When you get married they say its two families becoming one but usually the two families don't actually become one and normally have separate holidays for each side of the family. Having Mima celebrate holidays with us has made me feel like she is also my grandma even though I’m not technically related to her. I think us having her over on christmas has also helped her feel more apart of our family. Im very glad our family includes other people in christmas because it has really helped me value what a family is. Family isn’t about relation it's about love. Christmas is a time to come together and spread love.