It is Christmas Eve already! I can’t believe it. I wanted to write you a quick note to say Merry Merry Merry Christmas before I head out for the day of getting ready for my family dinner. Whatever you might celebrate, I wish you and your family a sincere Happy Holidays.
Truthfully dear readers, this holiday season has been a bit of challenge for me due to some personal matters – a broken heart. In spite of my own personal anguish (which I will survive), I had decided though at the beginning of the season to continue on and to try to spread as much love and joy and good cheer as possible.
I am proud to say that COCOCOZY had the honor of donating a large number of COCOCOZY pillows to families in need from one of my favorite charities in Los Angeles called A Place Called Home. My COCOCOZY elf DS and I spent a morning last weekend handing out pillows to moms who needed some good cheer and handing out toys to kids whose eyes were twinkling with the hope of Christmas. We got to the event early and were told there was a line of thousands of people outside. When we left after our shift, we drove around the block and there were at least a few thousand people lined up waiting for their chance at Christmas. I was filled with emotion as I thought of what Christmas must mean to these kids and moms and dads…as they started lining up at midnight to attend the event that included snow, face painting, gifts and Santa himself. The moms were particularly surprised when this year they got a present from COCOCOZY. I felt proud to do my part in spreading some joy.
Then there is my annual family holiday Christmas Eve dinner. This year I contemplated not doing it. A little over a week ago, I knew it was not my calling to give up on Christmas. Christmas was my Grandmother’s favorite holiday and she always brought the family together. I knew I wanted to carry on her tradition like I had in years past. So I wrote to my extended family and asked them to come join for a loving happy Christmas. All responded yes!
This is the first year I think I really realized what Christmas is about. It is about love. That is it. I have been so emotionally exposed, my sensitive side is on such full drive that I have paused and noticed actually how much love and kindness people are expressing during the holiday season – friends, family and strangers…all who I am seeing have holiday love in their eyes and caring in their voices. From my sweet COCOCOZY elves DS and VS who have been there keeping COCOCOZY going and took their time to stuff all of the pillows we gave away and who are getting up early before work to pack orders and shipments, to my best of friends AM and FF and AT who have been on the phone with me constantly, to my mom and my sis (my sis has been at my house every weekend morning with a cup of tea for me for the last 6 weeks), to my dear neighbor who secretly put up my first outdoor Christmas lights for me because he wanted to me to be happy this holiday, to my friends BN and SN who keep having me over for dinner and drinks just because, to all of the people and strangers who have said “Happy Holidays” and have really meant it, even to the cashier at the grocery store yesterday who took an extra minute to ask about my holiday dinner with warmth in his eyes. This year I am noticing Christmas. I am noticing the love.
One last thing to note…I understand that I am not the center of the world and that people are going through so much more than I am. I pray for those who are suffering…pray for healing and some glimmer of love, hope and joy for them.
Anyhooo…must run…lots of errands. The picture below is the actual table I began setting last night and then the picture below that is ME! I don’t show photos here on COCOCOZY of me that often…but it is Christmas…so why not?! (please note, most bloggers post glamorous shots, this one is of DS and I at 7a on a cold Saturday morning with no makeup or fancy clothes…but just happy and honored to be helping out…so please excuse the lack of glamour and good looks!)
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and much holiday love.