Taipei city

Taipei city (Photo credit: :: The 2th RoOm ::)

I’ve posted some negative things about Christmas before, and I can’t apologize.

It seems inevitable that each year when December rolls around I get hit with the Xmas blues earlier in the month. This year was no exception.

However, no matter what, as the event draws nearer I’m reminded by how many special people I have in my life. I’m reminded that we’re all just trying to have a good time, and that no one wants to spend the holidays alone.

It doesn’t feel like Christmas in Taipei. Sure, there are random blow up Santas hanging out in certain metro stations. Displays abound on certain streets and its easy to find a santa hat or two. I saw some candy canes for sale the other day. Incredible.

I’ve managed to hit a couple of nice Christmas parties this year, and was reminded all over again, as I am every year, that Christmas is about spreading the love and the happiness. It is not about being gloomy, or depressed, or grinch-like. Who needs that anyway?

Nevertheless, Christmas abroad and away from my family and friends can be a little sad.

However, instead of feeling sorry for myself, I’ve decided to band together some other Ex-pats and go out and enjoy the holidays.

So we’ll be off to dinner and good cheer later on this evening, and no doubt, tomorrow after work as well.

True, my home isn’t decorated for the holidays, but I’ve never been one to put in more effort than I can stand. And true, I’m not buying a ton of gifts for everyone, nor am I expecting to receive any, but we all know that receiving or giving gifts has never been what Christmas is all about.

Its about spending time with the people we care about. While I can’t be with ALL the people I care about, there are a great many here in Taipei that I do have in mind. Although I won’t get to spend time with all of them this year, I know I’ll be with people who are important to me. And we’ll have a good time, having fun, being on our own, and, most importantly, spending time together.

So I just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas this year, whether you’re religious. Whether you’re enjoying yourself. It is important to spend time with people you care about. No matter how lonely this time of year may be, there is always someone out there thinking of you, even if they can’t be there or they haven’t called, it doesn’t mean that you aren’t in someone’s thoughts.

If you’re lonely this Christmas, make an effort to reach out. Don’t wait for someone to reach out to you. I guarantee that you can make someone’s day or holidays just by taking the time to reach out.

Merry Christmas everyone, and happy holidays to all.