Well another year has come and gone, Christmas songs by every Tom, Dick and Harry have re-emerged from the woodwork, and everyone, except those driving, seem to be of good cheer. We watch the same cheesy movies over and over; my favorite being “The Christmas Story”, such a classic. Then the old-school animated features like “Rudolph” and “The Abominable Snowman”. Ahhh the memories, the smells, the carbs! I don’t ever want it to end…
I’ve had a lot of time to really contemplate my life this last year, where I’m at, where I want to go and who I want to become. I turned the big 45 and suddenly realized I wasn’t a youngen anymore, that was kind of a rude awakening, but my spirit remains in its prime and refuses to give in to the standards society puts on us gals over 40… Enough said.
Well, it’s that time of year when it seems the world comes to a head; peace is more important, love is in the air, and the economy gets a good healthy boost, it certainly robbed me blind this Christmas, but know that I am truly full of gratitude for the gifts I was blessed to give, and mighty appreciative and blessed as well for every morsel of a cookie and cake and cheeseball I received, and OH the joyous gifts.. How truly grateful I am! I think I’ve made that matter clear. Anyway, I’ve loved a lot in life and finally feel the Christmas spirit in the air for the first time in 12 years, and on that note, I will say that I feel more love in my life from friends, family and colleagues across the board., what a great year this was… I have no family near me for thousands of miles, so my friends are my family where I live. I’m grateful for their shoulder, for their support, for their example, and I most certainly can’t forget my children, Scotty, Anthony, Brandon and little Isabel. The boys are grown, but precious they still are! And Izzy, well she keeps me on my toes 24/7 because unfortunate or not, she’s just like me… They have each blessed my life every day they’ve been in it.
And so we reflect on our past year, our up’s, our down’s, the happy times and the times we wished we could truly lock away and never think of again. I think of how differently my life was even a year ago at this same time. I had just moved here from my home on the lake and didn’t know a soul, didn’t go out, didn’t take in the season at all. Then, due to some unfortunate series of events that landed me in the hospital for a couple of weeks, I was introduced to someone who cared for me during my stay who turned out to be my now, best friend. His name is Ron Chipman, and he single-handedly changed the course of my existence here in The Woodlands. He introduced me to his friends, his friends would introduce me to their friends, and suddenly, I actually knew people! It was amazing to me. I’m grateful to my band of single-mom sisters who support me in being the best me I can be… Okay, now I’ll get off the mushy stuff…
I think we all celebrate Christmas in a different way, with different traditions and philosophies in its meaning. For me, I’m a firm believer in the God and Savior that made my very existence possible. I’d like to think I celebrate Him year around, not just at Christmas. I try to remember always where I came from and feel gratitude on every level. I’m not a perfect church-goer, but I show my love and thanks every chance I get, not just morning and night and on Sunday’s. For the record, I respect all religions, I respect people and judge folks on their merit alone, color, occupation, creed, status, etc., mean absolutely nothing to me. If you’re good people, that’s good enough for me. I’m just giving thanks to The Man.
As far as what to do for Christmas, there’s always a good band playing somewhere, perhaps your favorite in concert?! Or you can always check out your local hot-spots and support your local fav’s. Go on now and support your local starving musicians. The Universe will thank you.
Special Thanks to Mr. SupportKickAss himself, Tim Lester, who works his ass off for our enjoyment, and for you my dear, we are ALL truly grateful. And a HUGE Thanks to all you SUPPORTKICKASS READERS!!! We truly appreciate all your support and hope that you keep coming back.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU ALL!! Until next time…..My hugs go out to you all.
Alison Nicole Osmond