Reflection: Reflecting on Christmas past, present and future

Rasharra Smith PHOTO CREDIT: Contributed

The year always seems to go by so fast.

It’s December again already. The holiday season is my favorite time of the year. Between me and you, I’m a Halloween girl first, but Christmas right after that.

I spent Thanksgiving with family and had a great time with great food. It was exactly what I needed.

Sometimes I feel homesick, even when I’m at home. It’s a very weird feeling to explain.

When you’re younger, you’re living with your siblings. You have to share rooms, toys, food. And you hate it at the time. Your sister always is stealing your clothes, and your brother always eats the good snacks. You write in your diary about how you can’t wait to move out on your own. You can’t wait to live in separate houses, so your things always are right where you left them.

Then, you get older. Your siblings move away. Your older sister has three kids and another sister is stationed overseas in Germany. Your brothers always are on the move, and you can never get everyone on the group call at the same time. You miss them.

When you’re an adult, you realize that everyone around you has jobs and responsibilities. Everyone has a life to live, and you start to see everyone less and less.

The holidays are important times, when everyone takes a break from their busy schedule to spend quality time with the ones they love. The holidays are important to me because it’s the time I miss my parents the most. It’s helpful to be surrounded by family and friends when I’m grieving.

Christmas is such a joyful time. It always has been one of my favorite holidays since I was young, and I want to keep the positive energy I’ve always had around this time.

I love Christmas music and Christmas movies. I plan to have a Christmas movie marathon, with hot cocoa and Christmas pajamas. My favorite Christmas movie is “The Grinch.” (Unpopular opinion: The Grinch was the victim, and I loved his character development. Also, who doesn’t love Jim Carrey?)

Then, there’s “The Polar Express,” and if you’re unfamiliar with this classic, I highly recommend a watch (then, a re-watch).

You absolutely can not forget about “Home Alone.” For that movie, I’m going to need some pizza to go along with it. (If you know, you know).

I mentioned before that what I really wanted for Christmas was my parents, a gift that can’t be given. But some other things on my Christmas list are candles, perfumes, lotions. (Am I really that cliché?). I also want a new Wii game. I know they aren’t popular anymore, but I had one when I was younger, called “Michael Jackson: The Experience,” and it was and is my favorite game of all time.

I would love to just feel like a kid again. So, I’m on the search for the system and the game to go along with it.

Christmas is full of hope and miracles. I’m excited to see how the year ends and how the new year will begin.

Rasharra Smith is a graduate student at the University of Dubuque.

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