Silent Nights and Bits o’Joy

For those who could use a brief diversion from holiday-enhanced sadness – yep, this one’s for you.

I love to laugh, but sadly, I’ve not felt much like doing it as of late.  My heart hurts and what’s worse too many others I love are hurting, too. Then there’s Christmas.  This wonderful holiday season will take a plain ol’ standard hurt and make it 100 times worse.  You can’t escape the songs, snowmen, and Santas!

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Despite the deafening silent nights and days pregnant with darkness, I’ve fought like hell to hear the music and interrupt the dark.

Honestly, I don’t want to escape Christmas.  I want to participate, but on my own terms.  So, here’s my list titled “Do it Anyway” for when you feel like nuked feces.

  1.  Hallmark Christmas Movies – When you feel like you’re in hell there is nothing else that will take you as far away from there than a Hallmark movie.  Say Cheeeeeeeese!  Every movie is about hope and love.  I don’t know about you, but a little hope and a lotta love works for me. (For Kicks: Vesia’s Christmas Movie List Coming Soon)
  2. Work It! – Knit/Crochet, dance, cook, paint, color, walk, choreograph, write, install, dream, love. JUST DO SOMETHING! Follow my favorite blogs for a little motivation: Judy’s Chickens for great recipes and Mason Dixon Knitting for a laugh while getting an Ivy League education in knitting.  Oh, and if you haven’t discovered Pinterest, go. Now.
  3. Saaang! – Sing a song, sing out loud, sing out STRONG!  I sang Adele’s “Hello” so loud and with such intensity that my daughter reflexively cleared her throat — in an effort to help me. Ahem.   Check out this little vid of me and my girl saaanging last Christmas. You’re welcome.

  4. YouTube – You can find ANYTHING on YouTube – old movies, videos, concerts, silly people or maybe even a funeral or two if that’s what floats your boat.
  5. Adele and The Wiz Live – Both are available On Demand. 

    All of the items above are recommendations for one. Sometimes I self-medicate with solitude.  But I gotta tell ya – it’s good to know that you’ve got family and friends who understand and wait on the porch until you’re ready to come out and play.  Thank you.

May your Christmas be filled with music, light, and mostly, love.  For love is the greatest of all. If you need scripture, check out  1 Corinthians 13:13. If you like philosophy, “All you need is love” – the Beatles.

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Vesia Hawkins

Extremely passionate about education choices, fairness, and good football.

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