Finding Joy Alone in the Holiday Season: A Photo Gallery
On a recent Saturday, I spent part of the afternoon covering a Christmas parade in my town in Tennessee.
It was one of those days where I’d rather lie on the sofa and watch TV all day, but I had promised I’d go shoot photos, so I did.
As I stood in the crowd and wandered between groups of people I thought to myself, I’m probably the only one attending this parade alone.
Sometimes I long for a family or a group of friends; to be lost in a group where I’m just one of many, but recognized.
As I stood on the street and watched the high school bands march by, I was moved to tears.
Suddenly, I realized: I am part of a community. Not just one where people come to visit, marveling at the southern hospitality, but where people come to live, feeling this is where they have belonged the whole time.
More than that, though: I am part of the family of Christ, a kinship which has never left me alone or feeling abandoned.
As we celebrate the holiday of Christ’s birth, I am reminded of the joy I experience each time I recognize my place as a daughter of Christ.
Here are some of the photos I’ve taken of holiday events this year. I hope you feel the brightness and joy of the holiday that I experienced as I took them.