There are many memories from past Christmas seasons that stand out in a positive note. One of these moments took place about a few years ago, back in 2012. I was living in New York at the time, and my aunt invited me to come over to spend Christmas in Paterson. Since I was very busy with my job as an educator at a nursery school by Columbia University it was weeks since I spent time with my relatives. I couldn’t wait to see my family and catch up with life. I wound up spending up a few days in the neighborhood where I grew up, including heading to a party on Christmas Eve held by a good friend of the family. My cousin was thrilled that I was accompanying her to the Christmas Eve party. Christmas is a time for family to grow closer together, and they were there when I needed them most.