30 Day Gratitude Challenge Day 11: Favorite Holiday

Happy Friday!!! Happy Veterans Day for those who have served in the US military, both here at home and abroad. Thank you all who have served and continue to serve through renewing enlistments and commitment to the USA, thank you.

I always want to take the time to personally think military vets, retirees, and active duty members because the decision to serve is one that I am always thankful for. Having worked previously as a contractor and being surrounded by the military, it is clear that many serve because they love the USA, regardless of race, color, religion, or sex. It’s quite amazing as you hear what many say of why they signed up. I’m not saying that there are it’s difficulties and sacrifice. It is because of such, that I want to thank each military man and woman for their service.

So today’s prompt is about my favorite holiday.

I’l be honest and say that, yes, I do get caught up with the commercialism that comes with the upcoming holidays — Thanksgiving and Christmas. But at the end of the day,  and what’s always in the back of my mind, is the significance of both. As one of the faith, thanksgiving is a holiday that is about gratitude and for me, I get to spend this holiday with family, not only immediate, but extended as well. In terms of Thanksgiving, it’s a time to look back at the year and reflect on what I’m thankful for. Trust me,  there’s a lot if you actually pause and think about what’s happened.

However, my absolute favorite holiday is Christmas. Judge me all you want, but I will call it Christmas, because it’s what I grew up with before I came to the faith as a Christian, but more than anything, Christmas is Christmas. No complaints from me at all.

Besides winter, presents, and time with family. I want to share why this year, more than ever, I am thankful for Christmas. More than that, I’m thankful for the song Silent Night. A long while ago, I heard a sermon from a pastor at a church I attended, and I heard about something that I didn’t know about in history, and it brought a lot of shivers down my spine when I heard about the story. It’s such a inspiring story that I wanted to share this with you. It’s called the Christmas Truce. It happened during War World I, and it’s a real tale of enemies that called a truce that day to sing carols and even play a soccer game together. I mean, talk about an odd day right? However, when I thought about the prompt and what’s been going on these days, domestically and internationally. I couldn’t help but think about my favorite holiday (Christmas) and just this day in history where enemies dropped arms, sang carols together, and played a soccer game. It was a day of peace, and for me it’s hopeful, an inspiring real life story that there is good within us and society, that enemies can decided on a truce.

World War I’s Christmas Truce

So judge me for calling it Christmas, but I will call my favorite holiday Christmas. It’s a time for me to reflect on the birth of Christ, but more than that, these stories such as the one above, is a reminder for me that people can come together. So there you all have it. My favorite holiday!

Cheers!

For those who haven’t seen this either — Pentatonix’s Hallelujah on their new Christmas Album…amazing. Pentatonix – Hallelujah

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