“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” (Eleanor Roosevelt)
My favorite childhood memories of Christmas were in Seattle. We'd sit in front of our Christmas tree unwrapping the what seemed like thousands of presents for each of us. My mom and dad taking pictures as they see the smile on our face for each hand wrapped present we received. Later in life it became the whole time throughout November when the choir would spend countless hours of practice to perfect the new songs for the Christmas program. It was excruciating to stand there and re-sing a song over and over but I wouldn't trade that because of the thousands of memories that were created with my family and friends.
Life is unpredictable. It changes with the season. Even your coldest winter happens for the best of reasons. And though it feels eternal like all you'll ever do is freeze I promise spring is coming. And with it, brand new leaves.