This Is Home

“Home is where the heart is.”

Christmas is only two days away! I can’t believe it’s here already. Well, people typically write about how this is special time of year because it commemorates the birth of our King but I want to write about something different. I want to tell you why this Christmas is so special to me this year.

I’ve always considered home the South because I just love it there, I haven’t lived there in years, but it’s home in my mind. Trying to be content with where I am now has been a hard task but I learned that I am here for now and I need to make the best of it.

This year, a good number of my friends went away to school or I reconnected with some friends but they had to go back to school. I can’t remember the last time I counted down the days til Christmas but this year I did because it meant that the people I love would be back for break. Then, it dawned on me: these are the people that make where I am home. I was ecstatic the day the first of my friends came home. This past week I’ve gotten to see almost all of them every day and I have been indescribably happy. I realized that it’s not the enjoyment of the location that makes it home, it’s the people. I honestly believe I could be happy anywhere so long as these people were there.

There’s the old quote, “home is where the heart is,” how true. My heart is here with the amazing friends I’ve gained over the years; the people who make me smile and laugh, the people who make me come alive, the people who I never knew I could love so much. This is home.

This year, I can honestly say I am home for Christmas. I hope you will be able to look around you and smile and say, “This is home!”

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