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My Christmas Wish For 2023

My 2023 Christmas wish.

Dear reader,

This blog post is going to be different from my others because I won't be sharing a recipe. Instead, I'll be sharing my insights and my Christmas wish.

From the time I was 9 years old until the time I was 11, I had a severe eating disorder. I had lost my sister to a car accident. I felt she was my second mother. During that time, I was bedridden quite a lot with severe anemia.

I barely had any friends to keep me company. My father and my mother tried their best. The only thing that really gave me solace in those times was watching television. Elizabeth Taylor is one of my favorite actresses because her movies were always a comfort to me. Her movies were always about a little girl striving to do her best, whether that be with a horse or whether that be a little sister in the movie, Little Women.

I also loved Shirley Temple, because she just had magic within her. I also enjoyed movies where true love existed and the dynamic of a happy ending. In retrospect, the reason for that is because my life did not have a happy ending.

My sister did not live to see me grow up. My mother and my father were grief-stricken, and life was forever changed. But still, in all of that, movies and television were like a warm blanket for me, I would watch as much as I could, and I learned as much as I could. As time went on, my favorite movies were holiday movies because it seemed, in those movies that nothing bad would happen, and if something bad did happen, they would always make it better within the hour and a half of the movie.

I grew up thinking that during the holiday season, anything was possible. God was just a call away. A Christmas miracle was just a blink away, and if you were looking closely, you could find Santa Claus.

As I've grown older, I have still held those beliefs in my heart, that you can still find a Christmas miracle, God is in everything, and around every corner, especially during this magical time. I know it sounds crazy to be this positive, but that is who I am. I never lost my childlike innocence when it comes to things like that, the wonders of the universe, and the magic that I feel it holds, especially for me.

My life has always been teetering on the brink of a threshold, and I've always had a special relationship with my ancestors who have crossed over as well as God, or the higher power as some would call it. I know I sound crazy to some but for others, you may understand completely.

I know this year has been tough. Not just in the sense of financially, but emotionally and spiritually for some of us. Some of us have had to come out of a mental funk from living 4 years of absolute terror, of not knowing where our next meal would come from or not knowing if our loved ones would be here, and not knowing if we were going to have our "normal" back.

These last two years have shown us that we still can smile, and we can still move on, but at what cost? I know that things seem to keep piling up in our human life. I know that we have rumors of wars and talks of war.

We had a president who didn't seem to understand the little man's plight, and it felt like a war on the poor, as well as a war on the middle class. A war on women. A war on men. Political unrest. Social unrest and no one seemed to want to be kind anymore.

My Christmas wish this year is that we all lay down our issues and our plights, and we remember the one common thing that binds us together; our love for this world and our love for one another.

We don't have to agree, but we don't have to become violent in that disagreement. We don't have to always share each other's opinions, but we don't have to hate one another because our opinions are different.

I would like for us to share each other's cultures, so that we may be able to share each other's experiences and feel each other's pains, so that we may be able to comfort one another in these hard times. I wish I had a magic ball, and I could say that these times are going to get easier. I wish that I could say that I knew for a fact that the war in Ukraine would stop, that Russia would stop its madness, that Israel and Palestine would heal, and that America would truly uphold those truths of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all, regardless of creed, nationality, religion, and color.

I wish that I could tell you all that everything is going to be alright, but I know in my heart that if we all band together as our grandparents did during World War I, World War II, and during the Great Depression. We can thrive. We can grow, and we can come back from these trials.

All we need is Love because love is the strongest magic that I've ever seen. Not just in movies, but in real life.

So my Christmas wish this year is that we love one another completely, freely. Without judgment and with complete abandon.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.- GTG

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