Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Power of Thanks This Holiday Season

I'm way behind on posting this month. It's always a crazy time for us with both kid's birthdays and with Christmas coming. It's easy to get the feeling I am overwhelmed. I haven't ordered our Christmas cards yet and have no decent photo from the year I'd want to send out of any of us. I have a smattering of shopping done and thinking about what would make each person happy makes me worry I can't deliver. Then there is the whole baking thing. I have always baked with my boys and yet now I am not sure when we will find time between finals, college apps, and all. Yet there is the whole big question about how this holiday will be without my dear mother. It's something I almost cannot think about yet have to get through and help my dad with too.

Still, I have so much to be thankful for and there is nothing like the holiday season to bring that to the forefront. Today my wonderfully positive friend Aimee posted this article on having a grateful heart and I just loved it. The author was going through a hard time in his life, finding little to be thankful for and decided to begin by writing 365 thank you notes. One a day. The impact he made on so many changed his life as well. Maybe you've heard this. The book was called A Simple Act of Gratitude, but just this article alone was uplifting. So I am going to remember to make a point of thanking those in my life, my friends, my family and my community and also try to be thankful in my heart for what this season brings and not focus on getting through the holidays, but just enjoying each moment.


I'm thankful for the music my son brings into our lives and the school who taught him cello and his pals who gathered him on a cold night to raise funds for Syrian refugees.




Thankful for my family who agreed to dress up that night, brave the cold for the holiday lights, even though they hate to pose for photos.



Christmas carols and tree lightings.


Thankful for traditions and decorations old and new and the memories they bring.



 For hometown holiday parades.

 

  Perfectly imperfect trees.

And kid's decorating them...Notice who put their's on first? Lol.


Little shops in town like this one called Azuca that make it easy to grab a gift for not much and avoid the malls.

Cookie parties with old and dear friends that have been going for years.



Grandma who reminds me weekly about what really matters.



And family, pets, neighbors and friends and so much more.



Doing simple acts of kindness such a nice way to share the holiday season. Whether it's a note, a plate of cookies, an unexpected gift, raking an elderly neighbors' leaves, or an invitation for coffee you can say thank you in so many ways. Sometimes it's just being present with those who need it.

I'm thankful to all of you for being here and reading. Thank you readers and bloggers for the kind notes and good thoughts all year and for patience between posts sometimes. I feel so fortunate to have this other little circle of friends through this blog so thank you so much.

xo
Kim

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  1. Yes, being thankful and saying thank you to those around you can make such a difference in your life and those of others!

    A few of my students gave me handwritten thank you cards at the end of the quarter; I don't think they realize how thankful I am for their words!

    Wishing you joy & happiness in the last weeks of 2015!



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    1. Andrea, I love that the students took the time to write you cards. Really wonderful. Wishing you good things too and thanks so much for you notes! xo Kim

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  2. LOVE The idea of a THANK YOU Note a day........for ONE YEAR!I will read the article tomorrow morning with my CAFE!MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU...........I am way behind too this year!The BOYS need nothing and I do not even have the tree decorated!YOU make sure to have a BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS..............THATS AN ORDER!Looks like your on your way........enjoying the moments!!
    XOXO

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    1. Contessa, Merry Christmas! Well you make me feel better about the tree not being decorated. Didn't that used to be done on Christmas Eve anyway? Hoping you and the boys have a beautiful Christmas and New Years. xo Kim

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  3. Beautiful post! I am thankful for your always wonderful posts!

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    1. Wendy so wonderful getting to know you this year and I'm always inspired by your writing! Happy Holidays! xx Kim

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  4. Really wonderful post Kim. I am thankful to have met you here in the blog world and thankful that we've been friends these last years. You've always been so kind and supportive to me through your comments and our emails. I'm thankful for you!
    And this is such a good reminder too because it is a very busy time and we put so much pressure on ourselves to do too much and make things perfect. Yesterday I realized I haven't been to the mall once and I haven't done much shopping either but I don't think my kids will care at all... I had our piano tuned yesterday and my son said "best present you could give me Momma", and now we can all look forward to his playing the piano (in tune!) over the holidays. Prioritizing what matters and enjoying the moments, you're so right Kim. XOX

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    1. Dani, See it's those things like the piano getting tuned that are priceless. Love that. Dani you have always had your priorities straight and it's not about what we give I guess, but the thoughts and actions that count the most. Hoping your little clan has the best of holidays. xoxo

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  5. Sending you big hugs, Dear. I would love to get together over holiday break. I know this will be a really hard Xmas for you … it's still hard for me. Love ya, Girl.

    OXOX
    Dawn

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    1. Dawn, Hugs back to you. Thank you so much. I hope we can get together. xo

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  6. Hi Kim,

    I know this Christmas will be a difficult one for you, but I'm sure you have a lot of fond memories with your Mom.

    This Christmas season has been a little crazy for us, dealing with my aging in-laws on top of the normal holiday madness, makes me feel a little out of control. We got our tree a week ago and I just finished decorating it this morning! That said, I still have a lot of be thankful for...including your blog!

    Hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

    Linda
    xo

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    1. Linda, I think it's hard with family things isn't it and trying to make it all happen at the holidays. I'm still decorating too! Thank you for all your sweet notes! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas too! xx

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  7. Thank you for spreading the message of gratitude and thank you for being my dear friend..let us know if there's anything we can do to ease the burden of missing your mom.

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  8. Beautiful post, you always have such wonderful things to say, my friend is in the same position and they are not going to the beach bach this year as they will miss their mother so much
    We're just headed out in a couple of hours haven't packed yet, as you can see am packing procrastinator, so looking forward to sun, surf and lamb in NZ!

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  9. Kim, Christmas is about enjoying our time with our loved ones, family or not. This seems to be the time of year when all of us busy folk make extra time for more get togethers. When it comes down to it all the other stuff (gifts and whatnot) just don't matter. I do not entertain often, but I do Christmas Eve for 15 or more (depending on what strays show up lol) every year in my small home and I am always afraid I will fail. After I have my breakdown, I remind myself that how the tree is decorated (for the record, the more Charlie Brown tree the better for me!)how the house looks etc. just doesn't matter. This has become especially true as I get older. I know it will be hard for you and your family this Christmas, but try to enjoy as your Mom would want you to. XOXO Kelley

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  10. Kim,

    See? Here I am finally reading up on past blog posts and I find this little treasure! What a wonderful post, truly. I wish I would've read it when I was going crazy last month and feeling behind like you. It is a lovely message and I'm going to go read the full article right now. Part of my New Year's goals is to wake up with a smile everyday and gratefulness certainly helps with that.

    Thank you:)

    Sheila
    xo
    www.maisondecinq.blogspot.com

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