Today’s the Monday after Thanksgiving in the United States. It’s somewhat a shame that we only have one day specifically marked for showing gratitude. We gave thanks on Thursday. Most of us had an abundance of food. Some raced out to shop in stores, others to shop online, while others went to the movies. No matter how you spent your Thursday, I hope you reflected on the many gifts you’ve been given.
With the passing of Thanksgiving, the Christmas season is upon us, and it brings all kinds of unrealistic expectations to many. This busyness of the Christmas season overshadows the gratitude we recently gave and that is most unfortunate.
Perhaps it’s age or the recent loss of loved ones, but I’m doing Christmas on my terms this year. If I get the house decorated, great– although it won’t be featured on any interior decorating sites. If I get some holiday sweets baked, awesome. The house will smell wonderful, and I’ll be tempted because there’s not a carbohydrate I don’t covet. If I get the cards sent on time, bonus. I’ll take the time to write a note of appreciation for another year of friendship.
I know there are a few things I will get done this Christmas season. I will bring a grateful heart for all that I’ve been given and can give to others. I’ll share my good fortune with those less fortunate and not just during the Christmas season. I’ll look to the heavens and pray we see the similarities that bind us rather than the difference that pull us apart. I will be thankful! As William A. Ward said, “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”