It all comes down to family and relaxation during the holidays

Writer is lucky to have family back home and here

Christmas and the holidays in general have always been my favourite time of year. There’s something magical about seeing all of the beautiful Christmas lights across the City.

Being anxious in crowded places, I did something brave this year. I headed out on Black Friday and completed all of my Christmas shopping, but instead of focusing on the crazy lineups and people rushing around me every which way, I clouded my brain with positive thoughts – I thought of the reaction my loved ones would have on their faces and how excited I was to give the gifts I bought. That’s one of the things I love most about this time of year is giving.

This year has also probably been one of my most busiest times of year as I’ve been planning out my wedding, which is only five months away, having a new little puppy at home, while balancing work, Christmas parties and maintaining a busy social life. It’s a super busy time of the year.

It’s also a tough time of year for people with maintaining their mental health during the hustle and bustle of life. It’s not easy being away from your family, and for some, not having a family to go home to.

For me, I have an incredible family back home and a second family here. I count my lucky stars every day. I’m truly blessed, but with that said it’s tough to not be around my parents, sister and niece at this time of year.

Since I was about 18 I’ve lived across the country from my parents. I really make a point to use Skype and chat with them every week.

For me, Christmas has always been about family.

I remember waking up at 6:30 a.m. Christmas morning and running downstairs, not just going straight for the presents, but sitting on the couch, listening to Christmas music and just spending time with Dad, who was always up at the crack of dawn brewing the coffee and getting ready for the company to come over. About half an hour later came my mom and my sister as the cheery music just couldn’t keep them in bed. Company involved my Grandma, who is unfortunately no longer with us, my aunt and my cousin.

Christmas is always such a nostalgic time for me as I always look back to that time with a big smile. I try to live like that now still, although I don’t get up at 6:30 a.m., but I do get excited to spend time with my fiance and my future in-laws, who have really felt like family from day one.

Christmas at my fiance’s family’s home involves lots of company. There’s cousins, aunts, uncles, parents, grandparents, dogs, you name it. It’s a big get together and I love every minute of it.

At the end of the day Christmas really is about family, love and happiness, so sit back, relax and be with those close to you.

Just Posted

City of Wetaskiwin presents 2019 budget at open house

Mayor Tyler Gandam said ‘zero based budgeting’ was council’s goal

New Democrats would bring in $25 daycare if re-elected: Notley

Notley said the plan would include adding 13,000 daycare spaces

Central Alberta livestock spring farm forecast

Alberta spring beef market looks steady, producers faring well

Supporters rally for Jason Kenney as UCP leader stops in Red Deer

Kenney promises equalization reform, stopping ‘Trudeau-Notley’ payroll hike, trade, economic mobility

The Millet Curling Club dates back to 1925

By 1936 Millet needed a bigger curling rink

Edmonton judge rules Omar Khadr’s sentence has expired

Eight-year sentence imposed in 2010 would have ended last October had Khadr remained in custody

Sources say Trudeau rejected Wilson-Raybould’s conservative pick for high court

Wilson-Raybould said Monday “there was no conflict between the PM and myself”

Social media comments continue to dog ranks of United Conservative candidates

Eva Kiryakos was running in Calgary-South East in the April 16 vote

Apple announces its long-awaited streaming TV service

The iPhone has long been Apple’s marquee product and main money maker, but sales are starting to decline

Trudeau delivers campaign-style speech while introducing candidate Taggart

The Order of British Columbia recipient said she wants to be the people’s voice in Ottawa

15 Canadians on cruise ship that was stranded off Norway; one injured

The cruise ship was carrying 1,373 passengers and crew when it issued a mayday call on Saturday afternoon

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Most Read