Visiting a loved one in prison is always bittersweet because, when the visit is over, the loved one cannot go home with you.
Toward the end of the visiting time, there are usually announcements like, "Another group is leaving; anyone wishing to leave at this time should come to the desk."
That is when I say, "Come on, here's your chance, they said anyone who wishes to leave...."
Christmas is tough. You can't send or bring in any gifts. The Christmas dinner is from vending machines.
Happy holidays to all those loving familes who will be visting loved ones in prisons this season. May joy fill your heart and may you bring joy to those you love.