Simply Having an Emotional Christmastime

This holiday season has me all up in my feels. Emotions started bubbling up when Christmas displays were placed in stores. Literal tears fell from my eyes as I looked at trees glistening with lights, beautiful ornaments, and garland, and stockings, and and and. It was surprising and unsettling, to say the least. Dabbing my eyes down the aisles of At Home is not how I planned to spend my morning.

I am not a big feeler. My Christmas tears are usually reserved for Christmas Mass. I am certainly neither a Grinch nor a Scrooge, but the idea of going all out at Christmas has always been exhausting. So we do things the kids love, and maybe make a few special requests happen.

Oh, we have magic gingerbread men too. 

But there is something magical in the air this year. It’s a palpable emotional surge ringing in the holiday season. It’s everywhere, and everyone I know feels it too.

So reflecting back on that Grinch-passage, I think this year we all feel MORE this Christmas.

More hope for healthy and happy futures.

More love for those who we can finally embrace this season.

More compassion for those who are suffering.

More JOY in celebrating!

So if you see me crying in the Target Christmas section, know they are not sad tears, but overflowing wonder of the beauty of the season.

Merry Christmas!

Sarah Keating
Sarah is a 30-something mom of four children under six and wife to her high-school sweetheart. She returned to Acadiana two years ago following her husband’s completion of medical school and residency in Shreveport. After the move, Sarah switched gears from full-time pediatric speech-language pathologist and working mom to full-time stay-at-home mom to her brood. Her current hobbies include “speech-therapizing” her children, re-reading the Outlander series, catching up on her Netflix queue after the kids go to bed, completing XHIT videos at naptime, and taking her medication every morning. She loves and respects the sacredness of motherhood, but sometimes you just have to let go and laugh it out. Motherhood has been the most humbling, and empowering journey she has experienced.


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