Merry Christmas!


Christmas Tree across from Lincoln Center in NYC


Well, for those who celebrate Christmas, we’ve survived the shopping madness of this increasingly retail-focused holiday, and many, like me, have traveled some distance to be with loved ones, through traffic and crowds, and finally, the day is upon us!! Christmas!

I’m taking a moment to myself to reflect on the vast difference between this year and last. Last year on Christmas Eve, I was with new friends, on beautiful Moucha Island in Djibouti, which kept me from being too lonely and missing the loved ones I was separated from. This year, while I’m still away from my biological family as they are currently across an ocean (not unusual for my family), I drove to Maryland to be with what I can best describe as my surrogate family – my best friend from high school and her family. I stopped along the way to see some other old friends who were having a holiday open house Christmas Eve party, and hit minimal traffic on my drive down the East Coast. I feel lucky and loved this holiday season, and I hope you all feel the same. And, while I would have rather not have woken up at 3am, I did, and at least I have already gotten to see my favorite Christmas movie once already, thanks to TBS’s 24 hours of “A Christmas Story”!

I hope you’re all with some, if not all, of your loved ones. And for those who have suffered the recent loss of a loved one (as I have lost a few friends this year and even more of my friends have suffered the loss of a close family member, so this is very much on my mind), know that at this time of year more than any other, it’s important to cherish the memories of them. Keep them alive in your heart, and focus on the good times because they wouldn’t want you to be sad because of them. And, depending on your belief system, they are still with you in spirit. At least I believe that they are.

Wherever you are and whomever you are with, have a very Merry Christmas!!

With lots of love,
your travelling Chitalian.

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