Happy Holidays from San Diego!

The season flew by, didn’t it? A few weeks ago, I got all excited about actually being in the Christmas spirit. I even got to really enjoy it this year.  My room smelled like cinnamon and vanilla, I turned on Christmas music, went Christmas light watching on Garrison Street and got to light a few candles for a little while in the evenings. I felt festive.   Now, it’s Dec. 23rd and everyone is getting ready for the big holiday weekend. I am ready for it, not so much last year, though. My first Christmas in San Diego was somewhat different.   The holidays; Friends, families, lovers – they all reunite. However, not everyone can consider themselves this lucky and spend Christmas with their beloved ones in a cozy, warm, safe, and peaceful environment. We should not forget that. There are people without a home, people who are sick, in the hospital, generally physically not able to see family – or don’t even have relatives anymore. And some of them simply do not have the financial means to visit the people they would like to spend Christmas with.  And then there are those that serve this country I am so very thankful to be based in right now: the service women and men away from home, sacrificing themselves to make this country what it is. Over the past year, I learned what an integral part they are of this country. My thoughts are with them, specifically a friend of mine and also a member of our CrossFit Humanity Gym family.  I encourage everyone to pause for a second and to think about what a blessing it is to be able to spend this special weekend at the end of this year with people we love, share stories with, eat together, and enjoy some quality time off with.  Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone.    How are you spending this weekend? Are you celebrating Christmas?

The season flew by, didn’t it? A few weeks ago, I got all excited about actually being in the Christmas spirit. I even got to really enjoy it this year.

My room smelled like cinnamon and vanilla, I turned on Christmas music, went Christmas light watching on Garrison Street and got to light a few candles for a little while in the evenings. I felt festive.

Now, it’s Dec. 23rd and everyone is getting ready for the big holiday weekend. I am ready for it, not so much last year, though. My first Christmas in San Diego was somewhat different. 

The holidays; Friends, families, lovers – they all reunite. However, not everyone can consider themselves this lucky and spend Christmas with their beloved ones in a cozy, warm, safe, and peaceful environment. We should not forget that. There are people without a home, people who are sick, in the hospital, generally physically not able to see family – or don’t even have relatives anymore. And some of them simply do not have the financial means to visit the people they would like to spend Christmas with.

And then there are those that serve this country I am so very thankful to be based in right now: the service women and men away from home, sacrificing themselves to make this country what it is. Over the past year, I learned what an integral part they are of this country. My thoughts are with them, specifically a friend of mine and also a member of our CrossFit Humanity Gym family.

I encourage everyone to pause for a second and to think about what a blessing it is to be able to spend this special weekend at the end of this year with people we love, share stories with, eat together, and enjoy some quality time off with.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to everyone.

How are you spending this weekend? Are you celebrating Christmas?

Expat LifeJulia BellComment