As a culture we place a lot of expectations on the holidays. As kids we always looked forward to Christmas: all the cool toys we would get, all the delicious food and treats, and lots of time to just enjoy life and have fun since school was out for a few weeks.
These memories are imprinted into our mind and are revived every year with the sounds and sights of the holidays. To most it’s a special time of year, one in which we celebrate and connect with those closest to us. A time we remember life isn’t measured by how many breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
However, for some it’s a first holiday without that special someone to share Christmas with. For others, they may have moved away from their family and don’t know many people in their new city. Maybe they’re in a hospital bed unable to be with family. Or even just caught up in the rat race of having to keep up with this world.
Most of you reading this won’t have this experience this holiday season, but for those that do, I promise they would always remember being invited into your home to share with them the closeness of friendship. This could be a co-worker, neighbor, relative, or friend. Regardless, this is the most significant gesture of the Christmas Spirit you could give this year. Presents are fun to give and receive, but the true nature of giving is really from the heart.
I know because I am new to Reno, and didn’t have anyone to share this Christmas with. Yet, I was invited to share a very special family Christmas Eve celebration with the Drendels. The home was filled with genuine warmth and kindness that will never be forgotten. Tonight I experienced a family that enjoyed being together and sharing time together in the real spirit of Christmas.
I want to thank the entire Drendel family for opening your home to me and being living testimonies to the real meaning and joy of Christmas.