There’s No Place Like Home For The Holidays
By Dr. Charles D. Schmitz and Dr. Elizabeth Schmitz
"the marriage doctors"
“Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays,
‘Cause no matter how far away you roam,
When you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze,
For the holidays, you can’t beat home, sweet home.”
This very popular song's lyricist, Al Stillman, was born in New York and was a writer for Radio City Music Hall for 40 years. He had several other big hits, but this song, originally made popular by the great Perry Como, is perhaps, his most famous.
To our way of thinking, this is the perfect “love song” for the Holidays! And here’s why.
In life, the people who love you the most are your parents, members of your family, your best friends, and, most importantly, the one you love – a spouse, a lover, a mate – the one you give your love to, unconditionally. Frankly, being in love, sharing your love with another, and having the love of important and significant people in your life, is the most cherished love of all.
It seems that the Holiday Season – Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza – whatever your religious beliefs are – is a time of celebration. It is a time to be with family and friends. It is a time to be with the one you love. More importantly, it is a time for reflection on loving and being in love.
Over the years, we have been continuously impressed with the importance of being with family over the Holiday Season. Every couple in love we have interviewed over the years have pointed out to us how much they cherished time with the ones they love during the Holiday Season. And they will travel to great lengths to do so!
The Holiday Season reminds us all of what we have come to call “the caveats of life and love.” Namely, people need love, they need family, they need friends, and they need someone to give their love to. Make no mistake about it – people need people. People need to love and to be loved.
To state a refrain – there is no place like home for the Holidays. Who says you can’t go home again? Certainly not someone in love! And if you bring home for your family and friends to meet a new friend or a new lover you have added in a geometric way more love to your family, your friends, and yourself.
The truly wonderful thing about going home for the Holidays is this – you are reminded over and over again how much you are loved and how much love you have to give. While you bask in the love from family, friends and your loved one this Holiday Season, remember that your capacity to give love is unlimited. This Holiday Season give the most cherished gift of all—give your love unconditionally to family, friends and the one you love.
“Oh, there’s no place like home for the Holidays. ‘Cause no matter how far away you roam, when you pine for the sunshine of a friendly gaze, for the holidays, you can’t beat home, sweet home.”
Cherish your family, your friends, and your lover. There is no greater love. Enjoy the gift of love and of being loved.
Now you can order the Doctors' new book entitled , Golden Anniversaries: The Seven Secrets of Successful Marriage at Amazon.com. With 25 years of research experience on successful marriage and their own 41-year marriage, Drs. Charles and Elizabeth Schmitz know what makes marriage work. From their hundreds of interviews with happily married couples, representing 15,000 years of marriage, they've discovered the seven pervasive characteristics present in all successful marriages. Their book exposes the secrets for success through these poignant, real life stories.
During their distinguished careers the Doctors have received some 60 local, state, and national awards; published nearly 200 articles and manuscripts; delivered over 1000 speeches, workshops and public presentations; traveled throughout the world; and appeared on radio and television and in the print media. Dr. Charles D. Schmitz is Dean and Professor of Family and Counseling Therapy at the University of Missouri in St. Louis and Dr. Elizabeth A. Schmitz is President of Successful Marriage Reflections, LLC.
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