Let the Christmas countdown begin!
I hope you had a lovely weekend giving thanks, gobbling turkey, taking naps and stuffing your pie hole. (I’m currently enjoying a little slice of pecan pie and the pleasantly drowsy aftereffects of a tryptophan overload myself.)
Thanksgiving is a wrap… and the holiday season has officially begun. Which means I’m turning up the volume on my Christmas Coffeehouse playlist (now that this particular genre is deemed calendar-appropriate and acceptable to the mainstream… and my family) and anticipating some sweet Cyber Monday deals. Really, is there any consumer experience that beats free shipping and shopping in your PJs?
It’s one of my favorite things.
(*Cue the Sound of Music classic.)
BOGO and bold roast in flannel pajamas,
Buble’ and Bieber and ol’ blue-eyes (Sinatra),
Garland and glittering lights on a string;
These are a few of my favorite things.
When there’s traffic… and the sniffles… and the weather’s bad…
I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so sad.
(Julie Andrews’ version is sweeter and more melodic, I know. But… points for trying?)
The truth is… I’m a chronic complainer. Fortunately though, I married a relentless optimist. Steve always has a gentle-yet-effective antidote ready to remedy my grousing and grumbling. Bless him.
Here’s what I’m – finally, thankfully – learning about ingratitude.
One hundred percent.
Ungrateful can be… undone.
Gratitude is one of those delightful words that means what it says: Grat(eful) attitude = gratitude. (<This is my favorite kind of math equation, right here.)
If – like me – you’ve noticed you’re becoming a bit of a grump/ grouch/ grinch… Thanksgiving is the perfect invitation to change course. And though the 2019 edition is in the rearview mirror, there’s no law against giving thanks on days other than the fourth Thursday in November.
Instead of fixating on what’s lacking, disappointing or downright awful… let’s look for the silver lining…
And hearts of gold.
(Look around. I guarantee you’ve got at least one of these in your life. We all do.)
Here’s what I’m learning about year-round-Thanksgiving:
When I give thanks, my heart softens… and swells. When I stop complaining and start counting my blessings, I re-discover goodness and grace all around me.
After a half century on this planet, I’m finally discovering one of JOY’s best-kept secrets…
There’s always (even in the hardest/saddest/worst times) something to be grateful for.
Flora and fauna and family and friends.
Beaches and brunches, soft places to land.
Chloe’s art and latte hearts… and holding Steve’s hand.
Big little blessings. Isn’t life grand?
Once upon a time, a very dear friend of mine gave me a small wood box with these words printed on it:
Enjoy the little things, for one day you will realize they were the big things.
Little things like fresh snow, hot cocoa, starry nights.
Little things like kindness.
A hard day’s work.
A good night’s sleep.
Love, love, love, love, love.
As it turns out, all those little things wind up being the big things.
Which brings me to the one thing.
The Author of love; the reason for the season; the newborn King.
He’s yours for the asking… and the best gift ever.
Immanuel… God with us.
‘Tis the season of snowy days, silent nights and sweet celebrations of His grace and peace. Every single day, He bestows blessing upon blessing. It’s just that sometimes you and I are too busy/ burdened/ distracted/ disheartened to notice…
The sight of drifting snow and crimson poinsettias.
The sound of holiday music and jingle bells.
The scent of gingerbread and fresh-cut balsam.
The taste of hot chocolate and peppermint sticks.
The touch of cashmere… and a kiss under the mistletoe.
Let’s give thanks for all the little things that make Christmas merry and bright.
In celebration of this magical season, I’m going to gift a dozen of my favorite things to one of my faithful readers. (Disclaimer: I am not Oprah… so the gift box will not include car keys.) These are a few of the little things I enjoy all year ’round:
- WoodWick vanilla & sea salt travel candle
- Teavana jade citrus mint tea
- Burt’s Bees lip balm and eye mask
- Aveeno oatmeal hand lotion
- Penzey’s pie spice and kitchen towel
- Mrs. Meyer’s lavender bar soap
- Aveda foot creme
- World’s Softest holiday socks
- Hallmark Signature card
- Starbucks Veranda Blend coffee
- Trader Joe’s peppermints
- Yankee Candle balsam & cedar car jar
Can’t wait to tuck these favorites into a festive gift box and ship them to one of you!
Because enjoying the little things is one of life’s sweetest blessings. Like learning to embrace the seasons… looking for beauty everywhere… celebrating small victories…
And savoring the gifts that cannot be wrapped.
May your holidays be filled with those.
P.S. To enter my holiday giveaway, simply subscribe to the blog, share this post on the social media platform of your choice (FB/Insta/Twitter… I don’t do Snap or TikTok), and tag a friend who enjoys the little things in life. A winner will be randomly selected on 12/12… and the “Little Things” gift box will be shipped on or before 12/15.