Christmas Blues

Merry Christmas from ours to yours.
Merry Christmas from ours to yours.

Christmas is coming.

Every year, as I grow older and possibly wiser, I see more and more people impossibly melancholy during what should be the happiest season of the year.

It breaks my heart.

I wish I could give each of you, big fluffy snowflakes, sugar cookies, soft and warm from the oven, a beautifully decorated Christmas tree, piled high beneath it with brightly wrapped presents for each child, the family you are separated from, a warm fire in the hearth and a freezer and pantry full of food.

Instead, I can only promise you, that I am here, thinking of you. Keeping you in my prayers. I will send you the best of all my thoughts, wishes and feelings, and I will promise you that I will not stop. I will not give up and I will not quit.

Merry Christmas from ours to yours.
All my hopes and prayers for the
coming year are for us to become
closer with each other.

We all know and understand that Christmas isn’t really about parties, gifts and cookies. But we also know, us parents, how it makes us feel inside, not to be able to give them.

Maybe we each feel, as I do, like The Little Drummer Boy felt, when he realized he had no gift to give the precious baby in the manger. Maybe… we should all remember, the gift of giving ourselves, and what we have inside us, love, is the greatest gift of all.

So, if the “holiday season” is just too hard, too painful, simply too much for you, please remember that I am here.

For you. I am here to listen, if you would like to be heard. To talk, to laugh and wish, hope and pray with you or for you. I am here. To share with you my life, our lives and stories with you, if that is all you need of me.

Our Salvation was born during this season. It is His birthday we celebrate.

It is our love of our brothers and sisters that is the most precious gift of all.

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12 Responses to Christmas Blues

  1. Dear heavens Amber-Lee you pushed open the floodgates to that damn I’ve been holding back – I don’t know whether to thank you or curse you. ;)

    You’re a very blessed soul and it’s beautiful to witness how you’re evolving to this immense force of heart and soul; pouring it out to so many. It’s a comfort reading your words and there isn’t a doubt in my mind or heart that you don’t mean every word! Just knowing you and others relate perhaps to a feeling, situation or circumstance offers hope and a sense of kinship that is needed so much in our wacky, hurting and longing world.

    They say we’re judged by the company we keep … there’s some pretty amazing folks that hang around “these parts” … you’re definitely “the good stuff” too missy.

    Peace, prayers and goodness to you and yours,


    • Aww, Elena,
      Thank you! (and don’t you be cursing me! LOL)

      A not-so-funny, funny thing keeps circling in my mind and your comment brought it back around to me again just now. Something that inspired me to log and keep my own, when I read it… 100 Tips about Life, People and Happiness. I am sorry, but I cannot at this moment remember where I read it or the gifted person who wrote it…. “If the internet is the best thing in your life, you have a serious problem.” was one of the 100 Tips.

      I disagree. It has made me think long and hard about how I am “evolving” and growing (I think). It also reminds me of posts that I have read asking if friends made online were really true friends…

      I believe, with all of my self, heart and soul I have become more and a better version of who I was meant to be… and much of that comes from exactly, “The company I keep” …you have all taught me so much more than just how to connect to twitter or how important it is for us to have a Face Book page or what time to post..

      What I have learned, gained and hope to grow to be is a better mother, a professional woman, an ethical and honest voice that is of a good soul. I know that I am already a better mother, a better guide, a better teacher and instructor, a better student of life’s lessons, a better listener, a better friend and a better professional…. all from what I have learned from the people I have met over the last two years.

      Thank you for being one of my teachers and for being my friend.
      Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays to you and yours and always,
      Safe Adventures…

  2. Elena..You said it all.. beautifully.

    Amber you are a Blessing to everyone you reach out and Hug with your words, and I for one know they come straight from your Heart and Soul and you mean every single one of them!

    I’m proud and honored to call you my friend!

    As Always ~*~

    • Thank you, Ann.
      I will always strive to be more and do more…
      I promise to never quit, never give up.
      …And pray you will always be proud.
      Thank you, you always keep me moving forward.
      ~Your Friend.

  3. What beautiful words you have written. During this season there are so many to reach out to. I believe that prayer is a very powerful thing to do.
    For those I cannot touch personally, I know my prayers will reach them, especially those I don’t really know.
    Thanks for your wise words

    • Thank you, Donna. Merriest of this Christmas seasons for you and yours and please know, you are in my prayers always. As I too, believe in His power and timing for all. I can’t tell you in words, as I do not have them, what knowing that you read what I write … and hear me.

  4. Hi Amber-Lee:

    It breaks my heart too to see so many people hurting during this time of year. The best thing we can do is reach out to as many people as we can with Christ’s love. You have indeed done this with this post.

    Thank-you for your compassionate and thoughtful words.


    • Kevin,
      Thank you for being here. I figure if I can touch and help one person and that person smiles at another and that person helps that older gentleman get his bags into his vehicle…. I am really, touching all three. I know everywhere I look I can see His hand, and if I can point it out, take a picture of it, or share it… Maybe through me, His hand will become apparent to those people who see, read or hear me speak of the blessings in my own life and our lives here in Alaska.
      Thank you for coming by, Kevin.
      I won’t let you down.
      ~Amber-Lee, aka Alaska Chick

    • Jayme,
      Thank you… It’s funny because the first thing that went through my mind when I read your comment was “that’s because it’s my voice.”

      It comes from me. My heart, my mind… I guess that is what you (and others) mean about “finding your voice.” I learned that I had to just not think about “writing a post,” but simply telling you. (Sharing with you). Using my words, to just say it. Whatever it is and I suppose, as this is not like tooting a horn, that is what I see and feel, inside myself, and I simply let it out.

      You all gave me that. Teaching me all the things you’ve taught me, also taught me to just open myself up. If I could just and only give THAT to someone, let them FEEL what I feel, with all of you, here…. Well, then, I think that would be a pretty powerful and beautiful gift.

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