Dec. 21, 2020

Christmas... (Connie J...)

When I was growing up, Christmas Eve, and Christmas morning were magical.

No matter what I may ever say about my Father - he did Christmas morning justice. When I went to bed, as a child, on Christmas Eve, there was no tree decorated, and the house was like every other day of the year.

When I awoke - the Spirit of Christmas had arrived. My Father would stay up part of the night, until all was decorated and looking Merry. As the 4 kids awoke, they would knock on the parent's door, until all were awake, and ready to go downstairs in a train, with my Father as engine (kids in order by age) and my Mother as the caboose.

We went through the decorated living room with eyes closed (no peeking 😉😉😉), to the kitchen. Then, after breakfast of angel food cake, hot chocolate, and singing Happy Birthday to Jesus (my Mother read about it in a magazine, before they got married); we would run into the living room, and chaos ensued for awhile.

The tree had so many ornaments, garland, and icicles on it - you could barely see the tree. As we got older, we did get to help decorate, and some of the magic dissipated. But we each did get to hang our own ornament.

The train to the kitchen, and the breakfast food never changed. Well, except for the year we were at Christmas Eve service, and my Mother realized we had NO angel food cake for morning. The only thing that was open was a convenient store. Enter the "Twinkie substitution"!!! 🤣🤣🤣

I, honestly, have many holes in my memories - such as I don't really remember all 4 kids being home, and most Christmas Days did not end as magical - but, the magic is what kept me going through my hard times.

That's all we really can do, sometimes, is make the best of whatever situation we're dealt. There are always options - I had blinders for so many years; but it wasn't all bad. Isn't that what makes Domestic Violence so difficult to deal with?

We wish you the best for the Holiday season - thank you, have a good day, and be safe... #ENDtheSILENCEofVIOLENCE #EtSoV #walkinTHEIRshoes

*October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Please share this, no matter what month it is, to help get the word out. The Victim has to make the choice - but, "What If..." they read something you sent them, that makes the difference? #walkinTHEIRshoes

*I will be sharing a "What If..." post on the first Monday, of every month. I would love to share YOUR "what ifs". Please send your "What If..." ideas to Connie J... -; or through Ozer, at the website or email, 

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