This time of year for me is one of the only times I get to be around a family that appears to be happy. I come from a dysfunctional family. Many…

This time of year for me is one of the only times I get to be around a family that appears to be happy. I come from a dysfunctional family. Many times it is hard for anyone to get along, and everyone pretty much goes their separate ways. Every year, around this time of year, my family actually gets together and feels the holiday spirit. Everyone gets along; everyone is kind to each other. It makes me extremely happy to see my family this way even though it’s rare.

This time of year to me means happiness, kindness, sharing, and being surrounded by positive spirits. I love to go downtown and see beautiful Christmas lights all around, and I also love to see the faces of holiday shoppers, especially since I know they are buying things to give to others. It is a wonderful thing to learn how everyone spends their holidays. This is always the happiest time of the year for me. This year I just didn’t feel the same. I spent the holiday with my best friend but it just didn’t feel the same. I guess with getting older, the holidays are just more days in the year.  For the most part this is the time in the year that I always look forward to.

–Sharenna