For the holidays, put family and friends first


Not long ago, I was a cash-strapped, creative writing student at Butler University. For the first time in my life, I was living on my own and away from my parents (only about 16 miles away, but still.) It was during this time period that I was least able to buy gifts for my friends and loved ones and least expected to receive gifts from others. I started to realize that, after reaching a certain age, Christmas and really any holiday throughout the year becomes much less about physical gifts and more about the gift of being able to spend time with your loved ones outside of the confines of daily life.

Two weeks ago, I accompanied my fiancé to one of her family’s (now soon to be my family’s) annual gatherings at her father and stepmother’s house in Carmel. Over 25 people from all across the state managed to come together for one great day of dining, drinking, gift giving and generally enjoying the company of one another. It gave me a chance to catch up with relatives I had not seen since the same gathering last year as well as those I had seen just weeks ago. It reminded me of what makes me love December, the holidays and the end of each year so much.

For the holidays, friends living across country, long unseen cousins and family nearby all join together to celebrate in a way that would rarely be possible any other time of the year. Each December, I find myself cherishing this time with my family more and more than the year before, caring less and less about how much money or what new gadget I am hoping to receive.

This holiday season, try to cherish what really matters most: your family and friends. While I’ll certainly be keeping up with the happenings in Carmel over what little is left of the year, I will be dedicating more and more of my time to those individuals who have made my life better year in and year out. If able, I suggest you do the same.

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