Holiday Thoughts


Our daughter, grandson,. and us!

Our daughter, grandson,. and us!

Happy Holidays to All of You!

This holiday season, we have been emotionally charged. We feel so blessed to have such a beautiful family. We not only have a family in America, but we also have a family in Brazil. Through the magic of Skype, we have been able to say connected and we are able to actually see each other even when we can’t be with each other physically. For those of you who do not have Skype, we encourage you to get it and use it the same way we do: To stay as close as possible to loved ones.

Another year is nearly over. For me, that is hard to believe. It seems that it was just yesterday that we were welcoming 2015. So much has changed in only 365 days. Pedro and I got married, relationships between family members have been repaired, or even newly established with welcoming arms. In this season of holiday gift giving, I cannot think of any gift more precious than the gift of love. Truly, I have been given that gift this year, and I am eternally grateful. It doesn’t matter to me what physical gift I get for Chanukah. Emotionally, I have the greatest gift of all: a husband who truly loves me, and an amazing family.

Pedro and I are also blessed to have a culturally diverse family and home. We celebrate both December holidays with enthusiasm and commitment. We have a menorah and a Christmas tree. We say the Hebrew prayers together, and we light our tree together. When I get the personalized ornament for the current year in the mail, I get goosebumps. This year, I added a wedding ornament and a family ornament with our daughter and grandson’s pictures on it as well. When I look at our little tree, I just smile. While the tree does not represent my religion, it represents our family and love.

Tonight, we will light the last candles for Chanukah. We will continue the tradition that we started 2 years ago of calling my parents and having my father say the prayers with us. It is a small way of bringing us all together. The amazing power of holiday prayer, no matter what your faith is, is that no matter where you are in the world, everyone is saying the same prayers and approximately the same time. It is a unifying moment in time.

So, I end this blog entry with a smile and positive thoughts that all of you will have the opportunity to feel as “rich” in spirit, emotions and love as Pedro and I both do.

With Much Positive Thought,

Shereen Rios BAS, CPT for Focus and Form Fitness

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