Choosing Joy for Christmas

The best Christmas Trees are not the ones we’ve seen on magazines, Instagram or store windows but the ones we made from scratch out of love and happiest of moments with family.

It’s NOT OKAY that people get away of robbing people of their lives and never again have another Christmas with their families. There’s just two words for it, “SELFISH and ARROGANCE!”

This year, no more Christmas Tree lighting by the park. No more visit to Santa’s Christmas Village. No more Holiday shopping rush at the Malls. No signs of Christmas at work nor at people’s outdoor lawns and houses.

The spirit of Christmas is at its all time low as Bay Area and San Francisco activated it’s Emergency Disaster Plan as a last hope to mitigate the COVID-19 surge but it shouldn’t be. Joy is alive even in our hardest, scariest, darkest of circumstances. Joy is there when we believe that it’s there.

“Just want everyone to be happy,” it seems impossible but not if we try everyday.

I don’t have much material things to give but what I can share are the simple happiness and warmth of Christmas inside my home. May it make your Christmas merry and bright.

If there is one gift the pandemic has given, it’s more time to stay home with family. I didn’t get to enjoy it last Spring, but I’m trying to catch up this holidays for as much as I can.

I want for me and my family to remember all the good, the beautiful and the miracles of this year and not the bad things. We wish to celebrate God’s blessings with humble gratitude because God truly deserves all the honor and glory in all these. If not for him, we wouldn’t have survive this far.

No such thing as “Too Much” when it comes to how we hope to feel, experience and remember Christmas. So, we added 2 more pre-lit Christmas Trees when World Market had them at 30% off. Happiness is worth the investment. Life is short not to try being happy…true story.

So, this post I actually dedicate and offer to God as my way of thanking him for always being there no matter what. People change and leave us when we needed them the most but God remains faithful and unconditionally loving forever.

My friends are being deployed whether they like it or not to hospitals to take care of COVID-19 patients for the next 6 months as Nursing staff drops to an alarming low in contrast to the overwhelming surge of COVID-19 patients. I could be next. For now, I’m just trying to enjoy Christmas with my family because I don’t really know what happens next year. January will be the worst of the Winter Surge post holidays. Breaking point is here and now.

Last Christmas Disneyland California was the happiest place on Earth. This year, it remains close and laid off thousands of workers because people continues to be selfish. The state is now the epicenter of the new virus with 23,679 Californians dead and rising fast. We all are part of the tragic loss and sadness of COVID-19. We’re on Emergency Stay-at-Home Alert but nobody seems to be following it anymore because it is as before, optional and subjective. Today’s excuse are the holidays, next year, “We’re tired, impatient and don’t care anymore.”

Please stay safe. Though it’s good news we are getting the vaccine soon, it will take a while for everyone to get it. Also, a new strain of the COVID-19 virus may already be in our communities. Never let our guard down. A brief moment of enjoyment and fun is not worth wasting a lifetime. We can’t afford to risk our lives when we have people that still depends on us. Mom and Dad, our kids needs us. We can’t be selfish and assume we are invulnerable to COVID-19 or will only have mild symptoms. Everyone reacts differently to the virus. Some are asymptomatic, others end up dead in days. It is very real and more infectious than ever.

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and a brighter, happier, safer and more hopeful New Year.

PS, I apologize if this blog post sounds like a version of The Grinch who stole Christmas, but wrapping the truth with nice lies only put more lives in danger. We could however face the truth and still choose joy in it. Just have to believe.

“2021 will have a different story only if we actively make an effort to change its pages.”

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41 Responses to Choosing Joy for Christmas

  1. Wishing you a safe festive season. You clearly know how to adapt and enjoy. Warmest wishes.

    Liked by 4 people

  2. “Joy is there when we believe it is there.” That’s right, brother!
    I hope you are able to have a blessed and restful Christmas and New Year’s with your family.
    God Bless.

    Liked by 3 people

  3. restlessjo says:

    A Disney Christmas! How amazing that would be. But at the moment all we should truly value is the time spent with loved ones. Thank you so much for your efforts, and wishing you and yours a peaceful, happy time.

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  4. Ab says:

    This is a wonderfully beautiful and hopefully post and I love your Christmas display. I hope you will continue to stay safe and well. Wishing your and your family a wonderful holidays seasons and more hopeful and bright 2021!

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  5. Merry Christmas to you and your family, Bro. It’s been a while…Stay safe

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  6. Love all the Christmas decorations! Enjoy your holidays as well. Here’s hoping 2021 is better than this year!

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Yes, staying home with family has really been a blessing and time well spent. Thank you, great post!

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Merry Christmas! Have a great week if I don’t hear from you, I hope you see my blog, I’ve been bad I keep on leaving it, however I started to blog again, so I’ll try my best to post as much as I can.

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  9. auntyuta says:

    My husband, Peter, died on Sat. 12th December and on Sat. 19th December we had a Funeral Service for him. I wrote about it here:

    https://auntyuta.com/2020/12/16/peters-passing/

    And here you can watch the Funeral Service:

    https://www.oneroomstreaming.com/view/authorise.php?k=1608217758448466

    You can switch cameras to watch the slide show and camera 2 as well.

    Sydney is in lockdown at present. I am alone at home and don’t know yet, whether my family will be able to visit me at Christmas.

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  10. ourcrossings says:

    I love your little Christmas gnomes! Here is hoping Christmas helps you end the year on a cheerful note. Make way for fresh and bright memories of the New Year. May your home be filled with all the joy during the festive season. May the holiday make every wish and dream come true, and you enjoy a truly Merry Christmas. Aiva 🙂

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  11. Singh Lovely says:

    This is amazing and beautiful 😍 post.i love your christmas 🎄 display.

    Liked by 3 people

  12. Kally says:

    From home to home, and heart to heart, from one place to another. The warmth and joy of Christmas, brings us closer to each other. ~ Emily Matthews

    Have a wonderful Christmas and joyous days ahead with warm laughter. Take care.

    Liked by 1 person

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