Love is Christmas

I don’t care if the carpet’s stained

We’ve got food upon the table

I don’t care if it’s gonna rain

Our little room is warm and stable

Love is who we are

And no season can contain it

Love would never fall for that.

These are the lyrics to a 2011 Sara Bareilles song entitled “Love is Christmas.” I can’t stop thinking about what she’s saying here. Over and over again at this time of year, I consider what this season is really supposed to be about; especially when my kids enthusiastically declare that they want a Lego Dimension set or a remote-controlled car for Christmas. I wonder if I’m sending the right message? Should we hop in the car and go volunteer our time at a hospital or a food bank? Do we really need another toy?

We’re a single income military family. At times, we’ve lived just above poverty level. There have been years when my husband and I have agreed not to buy each other any gifts because we literally cannot afford it. But when I think about these lyrics, I think: here is a person who captures the idea of the holidays. If we can impart just one idea on our children that lasts throughout their lives, it’s that making a difference in someone else’s life is what makes our own lives meaningful. And as the song points out, it’s not limited to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or even this season. It’s a lifestyle choice.

The other day, I was sitting around my new home watching my children play and seeing my husband cooking in the kitchen. I realized that if I were living in a video game, I would have leveled up! I had all the riches in the world right there. The people I have found in my life who have changed it forever… the children whom I’ve come to know and love over the years. There isn’t much more I could ask for. There is only a chance now to give back.

It’s my hope that you can look around the home you’ve made and feel the same thing at this time of year. And for those still waiting, one day it will come – perhaps when least expected.

Happy Holidays from Baby Bullet! Bless the food before us, the family beside us, and the love between us.

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About Maia Rodriguez

"Military Mom" Maia Rodriguez was born in Cleveland, Ohio, but that was about twenty homes ago. After graduating from Syracuse University with a BFA in Musical Theater, she traveled just about everywhere in the country, lived in a green turtle-like tent for 6 months, toured and slept in the back of her van and even worked in Japan for a year. Then she met her husband who tamed her (ha!) and they embarked together on the adventure of parenthood in southern California where she worked as a professional pirate. Now, two children later, the family currently resides in VIrginia, where she sings for the US Navy as a vocalist. When she’s not mothering, she’s writing music for "Evernight," singing and writing for the Baby Bullet Blog.

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