I pray that even though you're missing someone, even though it hurts and this might be your first Christmas without them, that you'd still be able to find peace and comfort in your heart in the memories. That even though it feels sad, and it is, that somehow your (our) hearts would be overcome with gratitude and love anyway, and that joy would seep in all the cracks.
I hope this Christmas you can forget about the stupid 'obligations' that overwhelm us and look at them as opportunities. Chances to be with people we love, who might be so different from us. That'd we'd remember we can still love and adore and find depth in relationships where we believe something different from them. I pray that we'd forget about the garbage that's been flooding our social media feeds this past week and focus on the fun, the beauty, the magic, and the hope that comes with this time of year. Not what divides us. What brings us together.
That even when things don't go our way, or the way we'd planned it or imagined it in our head--that we'd still be able to laugh at the different outcome. Smile and realize that this is so real life, and real life can still be beautiful.
Be Merry, friends, and if you can't, just be you.