A Merry Christmas Eve to all those who celebrate! While it’s different this year, tonight has been a beautiful evening. I am thanking G-d for quarantine because I have been blessed. I know not everyone has had it easy this year and I’ve struggled too, but the struggles don’t weigh down the joyful moments. It truly was a merry-go-sorry year.
As you know, I don’t celebrate Christmas. I participate out of respect. Usually my aunt has something, but since we can’t gather this year, my parents agreed to a Jewish Christmas Eve. What’s a Jewish Christmas? Since Chinese restaurants are the only restaurants that are open on Christmas Eve and Christmas, a lot of Jewish people order Chinese food. My parents agreed to that and a game of Monopoly.
The Chinese restaurant down the street has delicious gluten-free options, so I ordered my diet chicken and my parents ordered their normal. We then played a game of Monopoly and I won. It pays to own yellow and orange properties (New York, Ventnor, Marvin Gardens, Atlantic Avenue) and have homes built on them. We all laughed and had a great time.
I’m grateful for these moments. Sometimes I have anxiety about my spiritual path because once COVID-19 ends, I’m going to start the process of becoming. While my parents have always accepted that I am not Catholic or Atheist (mom’s an Atheist) and that my spiritual path is mine, sometimes I get anxious about others accepting me. Some people called me the Grinch today, but I was having an anxiety attack. When things are finalized, I want people there to celebrate with me and take photos for scrapbooks. I shouldn’t look so far into the future and take it day by day. I’m thankful for the friends who understand and talk me out of the anxiety.
Last Sunday, Fletcher invited me to go ice skating. Fletcher is a young man from one of my Jewish groups and I’m grateful he thought of me. I couldn’t go last Sunday, but we are meeting up this Sunday for ice skating. I am getting us in with my insurance card. I’m really excited and it’ll be nice to hang out with someone from Next Gen/ Tribe 12.
I hope for the readers that celebrate, I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. What are you thankful for today?