It doesn t matter what you call Christmas, it s different in many languages.I have a friend who is Christian so I wish her
a Merry Christmas, another neighbor I wish a Felice Navidad(not sure if that is spelt right). I am of Metis heritage and
have acquaintances who are also of Metis heritage , and some say Merry Christmas and some wish me a Happy
Winter Solstice.To me it isn t the words but the spirit that is important.The gift giving was a big part for me when my
sons were young. I loved to give and see them happy and excited. It made me happy. Getting together with family and
sharing a meal made it special. It s the feelings that I remember not what I got or what I ate.
I remember one Christmas when my sons and I got delayed by snow storm from flying home from Northern B.C.
to Vancouver Island. We had to get a taxi from Vancouver airport to the Ferry to get tothe Island. This was on New
Year s Eve. My partner was picking us up at the Ferry on the Island. The Island got so much snow everything came to
a standstill. But he was there to pick us up when we finally arrived. Plus a young girl and an elderly woman who were
travelling alone and did nt know how they were going to get home from the Ferry.They lived 30 and 40 mins from the
Ferry terminal. I said "we ll give you a ride home", meaning my partner would
. The roads were a mess but he just
said , where to. After we dropped them off at their homes, we turned around and travelled 40 min back to our home.
We made it in the door at midnight on New Years Eve and he had an amazing supper spread out for us!
I will never forget his selflessness that night!
This Christmas I am totally alone, nofamily or friends. Too far away. I now live in North Saskatchewan, in a very small town. It s beautiful here
today. Bright sunshine, blue sky, and -37 with the wind chill
I went out for a walk this
morning and there was one other person walking . We exchanged greetings and laughed about how crazy we were,
out here walking and enjoying nature. There were others who were loading presents and kids into the car to go to relatives, but they had time to call
agreeting and inquire about your plans for the day. Love small towns!
So, although I am alone I don t feel lonely. I will be phoning family and friends and some have even phoned me this
morning. Vyou ery early for them as I am 2 hours ahead. I will walk again later when it gets dark to look at all the Xmas
lights.Bringsback many memories.
There is only one person I really miss and cannot connect with personally. But then I remember , " all I have to do is think
of you and your right here in my heart "..
So , Jude, Christmas is alive and well just as you remember it , as long as you make it so, wherever you are and whoever you are with.