The Best-Worst Christmas Ever

Merry Christmas Everyone!
[I know I’m a bit late but better late than never, right?]

This has been by far the most intense Christmas to-date. Christmas Eve was filled with lots of work and chores. The entire week was really grueling at the office for me. I was so glad when I was able to leave the office at 3:45pm. There were still lots of preparations to be made for the big day. I was so tired that I ended up falling asleep around 9:00pm.

While I was asleep that’s when tragedy struck 😦

My husband woke me up at 12:30am (Christmas morning) telling me to hurry and get dressed because we’re going to the hospital.

My mother has been in and out of the hospital for the past few months. She’s seen specialists and done many tests which have revealed nothing. We are currently waiting on the results of another test that will hopefully determine the root cause of her illness. But for now, this illness has been greatly affecting her heart-rate, blood pressure and has been causing chest pains and breathing problems. My mother was having another of these episodes and we had to rush her to the hospital.

After 9 hours at the hospital, my mother was feeling better and was able to come home. We got in about 11am (Christmas morning) and slept until about 4pm later that day.

My father was already preparing some of the Christmas dishes. However, since we were all still tired from being up all night, we didn’t have the energy to prepare everything we had originally planned but she still had a mini feast.

As we sat around the dining table, we each expressed the thing we are most grateful for. Common to all was health and life. Even though we all have our various life challenges, sometimes we think things are more than we can bear, I know that there is always something (if even just one thing) that we can truly be thankful for.

I am grateful for this time of year and for this Christmas experience. I am grateful for the hope that it brings. This Christmas has taught me to love more and to cherish my family because tomorrow is not promised. All we have is the present and the memories we create now.

I love my husband and I love my parents. I hope that we will be able to share many more Christmases together.

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