Song of the Day – Holiday Spirit Edition

Kelly Clarkson – Underneath the Tree

When this song first came out, I instantly fell in love with it. It’s not your traditional Christmas Song as it talks about the appreciation for those that we love being around at Christmas. In the era of COVID, it made me have a much more appreciation for those I love being around the holidays. Mind you. I have to count my blessings and be grateful that I did not realize it at the time. Very fortunate to have been with family during the quarantine. Yes, we get on each other’s nerves sometimes, but we have the blessing of being stuck together during this quarantine. Not everyone had this luxury. But I was living away from family and away from my hometown. I know I would have a different type of appreciation. That my family has still survived through the pandemic, even though the odds were against us as a whole. The truth of the matter is this. I would have seen it as a temporary absence to gain much more appreciation post-pandemic. And have a different appreciation for the company and unity of the family. Although this may be a dark time, the light at the end of the tunnel (of course, with my Abuela’s low key fear took double precautions in the pandemic. Family gatherings would have a different meaning post-pandemic to celebrate the wins for the future when our family (God-willing; higher power willing; and Universe willing) could share family time in a new appreciation that we all at one time took for granted during the holidays. Where the best recourse in this pandemic is to remain to stay safe, I look forward to this necessary separation. To assure that our entire family can gather together healthily during gathering post-pandemic. Where staying alive is the best Christmas gift anyone can give me this year (as well as my birthday present – as it’s five days before Christmas) makes Kelly Clarkson’s “Underneath the Tree” today’s’ song of the day.

Published by Frieda Lopez at Frieda the Writer

Frieda Lopez is a Texas Native, born in the heart of San Antonio's West Side Community. Frieda attended Lanier High School and primarily attended Memorial High School where she graduated with the class of 2001. Raised in a blended family dynamic, Ms. Lopez gained her noble character from the women she admired and loved the most, her grandmothers. Frieda attended Alamo Community College where she majored in Liberal Arts primarily studying on biology, sociology, philosophy, psychology, and creative writing and shortly attended University of Incarnate Word. She gained a MBA from AIU and has actively participated in local fashion shows until she moved to Houston returning back August 2019. She began her career in healthcare, where she gained the skill of being able to not only resolve conflicts but reach out and engage in the community through her time serving as health care relations customer care and outreach representative. After being let go from her employer which she last served as a Customer Relations Representative for DentaQuest, she began her journey in retail where she came part of the leadership team a month of working as a part time representative for MarketSource and build a relationship with her local Target team. She later served five years with Amtel T-Mobile as a Store Manger after moving to Houston to pursue a management position with unfortunately ended in adversity which opened the opportunity of writing her first book "Journey of an Unraveled Road" will be releasing her second book a fiction based series titled "The Rideshare Chronicles" with the first book to the installment titled "Destination Destiny."

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