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.
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.
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.