Its December 25, 2014 approximately 8:00pm. It’s technically Christmas. Although if you are Latin American Christmas begins yesterday.
Our normal celebration includes a dinner, dancing, singing, conversing/laughing till midnight. We then hide the kids that believe in Santa in a room and all the adults race to get their kids presents under the tree.
An uncle will say “HO HO HO” and all the kids will run from the room with smiles that transmit to everyone in the room. That moment there is priceless.
However, this Christmas was very different. In a previous post I mentioned that 2014 has been the worst starting from March. I failed a course in Nursing school, I didn’t get the job I wanted, my uncle died, my dad went through a surgery that has left us in a financial strain and to top it all, last Wednesday my uncle was arrested and incarcerated.
As a family we were all devastated and the notion of Christmas was the last thing in our minds. My uncles daughter made a post about how we were not going to have Christmas due to the circumstances.
Yes, our situation was sad, yes it wasn’t going to be the same without him, and it was seriously the last blow we needed as a family to make this year undoubtedly the worst but Christmas goes beyond anything earthly. Yes its nice to get presents, its nice to have family around, but it should all be centered around Christ right. He gave us the first gift, which was his birth…whose life granted us an opportunity to go back to him.
Going back to my story, we all did the best we could to put the bail money together & with the help of a friend we were able to get my uncle back 2 days before Christmas.
I didn’t specify any of the details of how bad my year was but there’s really no need. This year was the worst I’ve even lived through but it taught me to love life even more and to appreciate the time I have with my family. This Christmas we all got together at my house. We had a simple dinner & everyone cherished each other. We were all very thankful. Everyone left around 10:30pm (unusual) but it was nice. This was a lovely ending for 2014 & I hope nothing else happens.
p.s. The nursing committee accepted me back into the program. Now, I am waiting for the University to accept me as well.