My husband and I have always been movie junkies but we both have soft spots in our hearts for many Christmas movies. Just to name a few:
Elf, absolutely hilarious;
Holiday Inn, a classic;
It’s a Wonderful Life, the Christmas tear jerker;
Miracle on 34th Street, black and white of course;
and The Muppets Christmas Carole, a childhood favourite.
My husband, Mom, Dad, and Sister are all too familiar with watching movies in the hospital. I have always loved Christmas but over the years with DIGITS, my love for the Christmas season has definitely intensified. With have such an invasive and demanding illness, having the opportunity to participate and believing in the magic of Christmas is truly a blessing. Just being at home is something I will always be grateful for and having the chance to share in joys of the season is incredible.
our numerous years with me in the hospital. It remains a challenge to ensure I continue to keep balanced during holidays: the changes in our routine, further engagements, and me just simply wanting to do everything that has to do with Christmas. I would like to forget I have DIGITS. Wouldn't that be amazing, one day of not being reminded by my body of DIGITS?
Taking time to rest and listening to my body is still a feat I want to fight. I never want to admit that I am struggling or that my body is completely out of whack; I just want to enjoy Christmas. My Husband always says, “It is hard to enjoy Christmas if I am unwell and running around like a crazy”. He is more protective about how much I say yes to and ensuring we have some movie days incorporated in between our family and social events.
I don’t know how to do all that I want to do and live with DIGITS. It is like there are 2 people living inside me; the one who wants to pretend DIGITS isn’t there and the other one, DIGITS. Trying to keep both balanced and happy is a real difficulty. Saying no to things makes me feel I am weak and giving in to DIGITS and saying yes to everything is simply too much, allowing DIGITS to take over.
How to keep both happy remains my obstacle. I need to keep remembering that I am home for the holidays and that is the greatest gift, being present. Having the opportunity to be at home with friends and family, including when we are curled up on the couch in our pj’s are the most magical moments of the year!
Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays,
'Cause no matter how far away you roam -
If you want to be happy in a million ways,
For the holidays - you can’t beat home, sweet home!
To all of our friends and family,
I hope the magical traditions of the season brings you much cheer!