Whiskerino 2009

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  • posted: December 24 @ 9:07pm
I'd encourage everyone to read this caption, even though it is a bit lengthy, especially for such a boring and drab photo.

This will be my first real Christmas, since I was baptized this past Easter and joined the Catholic Church. Coming from a Jewish household, this means a lot of new traditions--though, many traditions are simply Jewish ones in disguise.

I celebrated my first Christmas alone. Living in a college town, hundreds of miles from my family, all the rest of my friends are in far-off states celebrating with their family. After spending the last three months furiously looking for a job, I was blessed enough to find one at a Car Wash. The work stinks, but it pays, and that's all that matters. My new job wouldn't give me the three days off I wanted to go home for Christmas and spend it with my family. Thusly, I am here in the middle of Missouri, alone.

And yet, I can't think of a better way to celebrate this Christmas. Because even though I may have eaten my Christmas dinner alone (aside from the second plate of soon-to-be leftovers I symbolically left out for Jesus), and spent my entire day alone, it's been for the best.

Today of all days is one day where, regardless of your faith, your tradition, or your nationality, you want to be with your family and friends. Not being with those family and friends stinks, to be sure, but it gives you a wonderful reminder of just how wonderful those people are.

By spending my first Christmas alone, I've been given a gift; a reminder of how wonderful of company I have on a normal day.

And so now, I head into Church to observe my own faith in the midst of many strangers. And we will all come together as one and give thanks for the wonderful people we get to share our lives with.

Happy holidays, Whiskerino.

Comments

GrizzlyDex says:
Well said man. I wish you well and that you dream happily.... all year long.
Posted: Dec 24th, 2009 - 9:16pm -
Dschonn says:
I spent Christmas Day alone three years ago, and I completely understand. Have a great Christmas, and take your new insight into the new year and beyond.
Posted: Dec 25th, 2009 - 1:07pm -
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