The Casserole

Recently, I heard a sentiment that made me pause and reflect:

The holidays are a casserole dish of emotion.

At this time of year, no truer words could be spoken.

During these shorter days, we deal with many different emotions, often coming in waves upon waves, triggered by something said or done. And in these longer nights, we seem to reflect upon a range of thoughts, from thanksgivings to misgivings, from loss to joy.

It’s quite a hodgepodge of things, just as any casserole dish is. And we find ourselves facing many different emotions, almost in a tumultuous roller coaster we wish would end.

We deal with the reopening of old wounds we had thought were long healed.

We deal with fresh waves of disappointment and sorrow.

We deal with angers that are unresolved or traumas we cannot endure any longer.

We deal with the ways we have been rejected by those we thought we loved and ghosted by those we thought were friends.

But we also find ways in which we are blessed, even if we have to look hard to find them.

We find joys in moments where we least expect them.

We give gratitude for what we have and what we have gained.

We experience love in those we chose to gather around us, be it family, friends, or a mixture of both.

We find comfort in whatever it is that makes us happy, be it a comfy blanket, a favorite movie, an old tradition, or a new experience.

The holidays bring a mixture of circumstances. While some face hardships, others have everything all put together. Some have lost their livelihoods, while others have gained a higher ground. Family have come or gone, and friendships can be plentiful or scarce. But each year, we have a moment to pause and reflect on what we have accomplished so far. We have a moment to hope for better, brighter days. We have a moment to just sit and enjoy what may be.

However we decide to celebrate the holidays, may it be a celebration of what matters most to you. May it be the story you want to write, regardless of the background. May there be some spark of magic wherever you look.


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