It's hard to feel pure joy, when you've got others' sorrow on your mind.
My family and friends' trials are my own.
That being said, I still feel the need to honor this glorious season with the usual traditions.
Giving them as much energy and joy and I can.
My kids make that part easy.
My faith is renewed at this time of year.
It brings back memories from my childhood, as well as my efforts to make new memories for myself and my kids.
My prayer tonight is that everyone can find joy in this season, no matter how small. There is pain, loss, and suffering around us. We huddle together and find joy in each other.
It is a comfort.
Just sharing your life with someone.