tree This is my 3rd consecutive Christmas alone. It’s gotten easier. But whenever I get holiday messages from home, my heart aches.

I miss the laughter, the stories, the Christmas stockings, the toasts, the mint cookies, the marathon movie sessions, the love. The sense of belonging. Le sigh.

Thankfully, I have music. It has always been my refuge. It gives me solace. It reminds me I am loved – even when there’s no one to tell me.

Wherever you are, whomever you’re with, hug them tight (for at least 20 seconds). Tell them all the things.¬†Feel all the feelings. Notice the details. The texture of their hands. Their smile. The way their eyebrows move. Soak it all in.

Here’s a youtube playlist of my favorite holiday music. It’s pure SOUL. Think Aretha Franklin, Donny Hathaway, the Pointer Sisters, Nat King Cole, and many more. Enjoy.

Happy Holidays!

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