‘Tis the season… to unleash your inner child

‘Tis the season… to unleash your inner child

Baby, it’s cold outside—like a cool 60s. Yes, we’re in Miami so we don’t get to experience the traditional winter weather, but that won’t stop us from pulling out the peacoat and boots.

When I was younger, I would spend winter breaks in New York City—which, as you can imagine, was as classic of a Christmas break as you can get. I remember making sure I went to sleep at an appropriate time so that I could get up at 7 o’ clock on the dot. I’d slowly open my eyes, peer over to my sister sleeping beside me, and the overwhelming thought would take over my mind: It’s Christmas!

I’d tiptoe to my sister and shake her gently. “It’s Christmas!” She’d stumble out of bed, rub her eyes, and then—at once—she’d snap out of it and we’d race down to the tree in whichever family member’s home we were staying in that year.

Few moments can take me, or anyone, from the realities of adulthood back to that childhood innocence. But December is a chance for a month-long feeling of belonging, home, and warmth… even in the cooler weather. No matter the gifts you give or receive, the family you’re forced to reunite with, or the struggles we face that don’t exactly go away during this time of year, even cynics like me have to admit that the holiday cheer is infectious.

According to Mental Health America, creating joy and satisfaction can lead to a positive increase in wellness. What better time to create joy than the most joyous time of the year?

From all of us at The Youth & Family Center, Youth MOVE Miami, and Federation of Families Miami-Dade Chapter, we want to wish all of our partners and participants a very happy holidays to you and yours. ‘Tis the season!

Janet Pereyra

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