As the holidays draw near, I thought I would write about some of the things I am thankful for. The usual list came to mind - my parents, siblings, grandmother, friends, health, job at COA, and most of all, my two beautiful children! I’m sure when you think of things you’re thankful for some of those same things come to mind.
I came across another list of things to be thankful for that I wanted to share. Some are sincere, some are humorous and some are based on things we tend to complain about!
- The freedom we enjoy in this country when it comes to major choices, such as whether or not to listen to Christmas music before Thanksgiving.
- The thought that you are on the minds of family members and friends during this holiday season as they excitedly scheme what to buy you for Christmas.
- Cold weather, which gives you an excuse to cover up a bad hair day with a hat.
- The fact that, even though it’s cold, you live in 2015 not 1814, when there definitely were no thermostats, electric blankets or the ability to start your car from inside your house.
- Online shopping + free shipping = convenient Christmas shopping in your pajamas while also catching up on all the TV episodes you DVR’d.
- Holiday leftovers.
- The anticipation of a lot of holiday parties with food wrapped in bacon.
- The comfort of knowing that January 1 is a fresh start if you indulge in too many of those “bacony” delights.
- The long lines at the grocery stores and the malls testifying to the fact that you are not the only one in your community who’s blessed enough to feed your family and purchase Christmas gifts for them.
- The comments people make about how nice you smell, which is because you’ve been applying lotion every five minutes in a futile combat against dry, cracking, wintery skin.
- Hearing the same story for the hundredth time from your uncle because you’ve figured out exactly which questions to unassumingly ask to make his storytelling extra funny.
- Holiday deadlines at work that force you to work efficiently and make you feel really productive and accomplished.
- The familiarity of Christmas songs that are the same year after year after year.
- The ability you have to go shopping on December 26 and buy yourself that thing you really wanted for Christmas if it turns out no one bought it for you (this was much more difficult when you were seven years old with no driver’s license and no money).
- Young children/grandchildren, sickness, bad weather or any other valid excuses you can use to skip out early on boring holiday parties.
Diane Kerr – blogger, writer and speaker, November 2014
Whatever you are thankful for, I hope you have a very merry, bright and healthy holiday season!
Marcy Hosking, Activity Program Coordinator