A Christmas Challenge: Gather Together!

November 19, 2019 47 Comments

A Christmas Challenge: Gather Together!

(I’m reading Little Women aloud to the family, after just completing Narnia… girls request of course!)

 
A Christmas Poem: Gather Together!  
 
Moment by moment, you gain or lose something…  
Something, that is here... but now is gone;
how to get it back?
For tomorrow deceives you;
And now seems... right, but is wrong.
For small faces grow
And small hands no longer hold
What was budding is now bloomed;
 

I wrote this short poem as a challenge to “Gather Together” this season… But, not just to gather but to truly be together!  I’m NOT a poet but the words just came to me as I thought about my children and all the moments gained and lost.

 

Coleen and I have had a lot of discussion recently about being intentional with our time and our need to refocus our priorities.  The things I get wrapped up in seem right… but looking back aren't that important and I’m always looking to tomorrow to make it better.  But, the answer is now… I need to make the time now!

 

So this holiday season I’ve challenged myself to turn the TV off, put away the electronic devices, and make the time.  The time to read aloud (even Little Women for my little women), or playing a game of chess with my boys, and listen to their budding voices talk about what’s important to them.

 

Rick Holtz (practicing father)


47 Responses

Jessie Wang
Jessie Wang

November 21, 2019

I love your story!

Erin H
Erin H

November 21, 2019

Love this.

Patricia Biggar
Patricia Biggar

November 21, 2019

Great family tradition!

Denise Buffington
Denise Buffington

November 21, 2019

How Beautiful And So True. Your Poem Brought Tears To My Eyes. I Hope You Don’t Mind But I Would Love To Read It To My Grown Children On Christmas Eve. Many Blessings And Happy Holiday’s To Your Family From Mine.

Marilyn Holt
Marilyn Holt

November 21, 2019

That’s a wonderful idea and so important for the family too!! you have a lovely family.

Chung Wu
Chung Wu

November 21, 2019

So lovely.

Jen
Jen

November 21, 2019

You all are so inspiring! You run a fantastic business yet still have time for yourselves and family. So important in these times. Keep up the good work!

Ej bognear
Ej bognear

November 21, 2019

Awesome

Tammy Isom
Tammy Isom

November 21, 2019

Loved this! I remember when my kids were little we’d gather around the table and making Christmas decoration ornaments! Those ornaments are now put on the tree every year! They are sentimental to me as well as my grown children! Thanks for the smile it truly touched my heart!

Wen wen Wu
Wen wen Wu

November 21, 2019

Thanks for sharing this beautiful story!

Liz Hall
Liz Hall

November 21, 2019

Love this and am sending to my daughter and son-in-law in Texas. This will be our first Christmas with our first Grandson and what a great tradition for them to start with their new son!! Only wished we were closer to them as we live in Kentucky

Pamela Gard
Pamela Gard

November 21, 2019

Thank you! It touched my heart!

Frankie Pinnix
Frankie Pinnix

November 21, 2019

How profound and eye-opening! Thank you for sharing😊❣️

Cheri Weller
Cheri Weller

November 21, 2019

We always after holiday dinners play board games as a family and no phones allowed.

Cynthia Stacey
Cynthia Stacey

November 21, 2019

Very beautiful and brings tears to my eyes – thinking of the Christmas’s go by. Now we all have to make new memories and start new traditions along with the older ones. We do put the tech away during Christmas so we can reconnect. We play pranks on each other at Christmas. Oddly it is some of the same pranks but it always gets the kids. We try and make time for everyone as a family but also we make individual time also with each child and grandchild. We enjoy our front porch and we have many long talks on our porch which is very insightful to know what everyone is thinking – sharing the past, present and hopes for the future. One of our favorite things at Christmas is cooking together. Sometimes we have a team of two or three and make meals together. At first I found it hard to stay out of the kitchen but now I am getting use to it unless I am needed or I am part of a team.

Stephen
Stephen

November 21, 2019

Rick, it is great to learn what you and your wife Coleen are doing. While I was serving our country in the Air Force, I spent many days away from my family. While home, I made it my focus to spend time with my wife and four kids. After retiring, I became Mister Mom and attended all the kids activities while the wife went back to school. Now, our kids have kids of their own and my wife and I are truly blessed to have more hugs and kisses every day.

Bob Morella
Bob Morella

November 21, 2019

I do think reading is a wonderful way to reconnect with your family. We sing at Christmas together as a family. Many of us cannot carry a tune but it is still fun to sing outloud at Christmas. We also always play board games and work puzzles. There is something about a puzzle that draws everyone in.

Toby
Toby

November 21, 2019

We make homemade Christmas ornaments for decorating and gift giving!

ingrid lapp
ingrid lapp

November 21, 2019

I love this.

Aubrey Sharpton III
Aubrey Sharpton III

November 21, 2019

Members of the family make a point of getting our parents to family celebrations and others back – so they can have the Holidays with their grown children and the Grands and Great Grands. On the way into their community – we always make a point to visit neighbors and share hugs and hand shakes with all the other Residents – it’s so important!

Leigh Chappell
Leigh Chappell

November 21, 2019

Reading this makes my heart long for days past. We have four adult children who are married and all live in different cities, would be wonderful to share moments together like you and your family. It iis also great to hear this sentiment coming from a father. Thank you for sharing.

Elaine
Elaine

November 21, 2019

May we all learn to be present with our family!

Tony Barile
Tony Barile

November 21, 2019

All of my kids are grown now and have kids of there own. So it’s great just to be with them over the holidays m

Andrea Engelhardt
Andrea Engelhardt

November 21, 2019

We always make sure neighbors and friends have a place to go (our house) for Christmas if they don’t have family near by.

Andrea Engelhardt
Andrea Engelhardt

November 21, 2019

We always make sure neighbors and friends have a place to go (our house) for Christmas if they don’t have family near by.

Tina Coleman
Tina Coleman

November 21, 2019

Christmas day my entire family gets together at my Father’s house to enjoy each other’s company and great food. Christmas music plays softly in the background no cell phones, tablets or laptops are allowed when we get together for the holidays. Even if they were permitted, I honestly don’t think anyone would power on anything because we have so much fun with each other that they aren’t even thought of.

Karen Moore
Karen Moore

November 21, 2019

I love this! Your children are so blessed to have such loving parents willing to give so much to others. Your “new” children are going to be blessed beyond measure to have a godly home in which to live. God will bless you richly for those things you do for others.

Laura
Laura

November 21, 2019

I agree. Now that my kids are grown, those moments we have together are even more precious.

Kim Gaskins
Kim Gaskins

November 21, 2019

My children are adults now, but this reminds me of my moments with my children.
Game nights, reading books, family night (kids choice).
One on one time with each child is also important.
Have fun! They grow up too fast!
Merry Christmas 🎄🎁

Davina
Davina

November 21, 2019

Love these

Heather Veech
Heather Veech

November 21, 2019

Love this!

Jodi George
Jodi George

November 21, 2019

Its important to have family time and pay more attention to each other, you never know what time you have left

Tiffany Rivera
Tiffany Rivera

November 21, 2019

We will be turning all devices off while we play games and enjoy food. Enjoy your holidays ❤️

Nancy Fiorenza
Nancy Fiorenza

November 21, 2019

wow prayers

Kim Hillman
Kim Hillman

November 21, 2019

That is awesome!!

Susan
Susan

November 21, 2019

Perhaps you should write some more short poems. That is awesome.

Stacy Giacosa-Bauer
Stacy Giacosa-Bauer

November 21, 2019

After reading this post last night, my husband & I have decided to do the same. Our time with our kid’s is so precious and we all need to just unplug and spend quality time together. Thank You for sharing with us. Happy Holidays to your and your family.

Lisa Allen
Lisa Allen

November 21, 2019

Love your family and your products!!!

Stacey Quick
Stacey Quick

November 21, 2019

Beautiful poem!!!!
Time to remember the reason for the season and this needs to be instilled in the children of today.

Kristina Caudill
Kristina Caudill

November 21, 2019

We are huge advocates of adoption and support so many outlets to help people with adoption. We LOVE your story!!

Dixie Neitzel
Dixie Neitzel

November 21, 2019

Love the poem!! Great insight on the true meaning of the Christmas season!! God’s blessings!!

Jon M Gregory
Jon M Gregory

November 21, 2019

Holidays are when we “play” with our adult kids. Board games, cards, dominoes…..it is ON!

Mary Morton
Mary Morton

November 21, 2019

Yes, we need to get back to life before being taken over by electronics. They are good when used in moderation as all things are

Stacey Havens
Stacey Havens

November 21, 2019

Prayers Happy Holidays

vikki parman
vikki parman

November 21, 2019

I will be unplugging this holiday season!

Colleen Kraus
Colleen Kraus

November 19, 2019

Your words got home for us right now. In addition I too am try g to unplug. Sending many prayers to your family and so much love for new additions ❤️

Dyan Diven
Dyan Diven

November 19, 2019

Prayers!

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