Can you feel it?
You know, that warm and fuzzy feeling that crept up on you just when you finally finished off all the Thanksgiving leftovers. You suddenly have the urge to bake dozens of cookies, trim your tree, reminisce on old traditions and twirl around in the snowflakes singing “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!” Or is that just me?
But it is! It IS the most wonderful time of the year.
This week, I’m thankful for holiday cheer.
But what exactly do I mean by holiday cheer? Let me paint the picture for ya:
Holiday cheer is:
Being more excited to GIVE gifts than to receive
Warm cups of cocoa
Snowball fights with your kids
Sharing stories by the fire
Listening to Ann Murray’s Xmas album while you decorate your tree
The smell of your favorite holiday cookies
Grandma’s wet kisses
Actually finding beauty in the snow, instead of seeing the dread of shoveling it
Sending cards to family and friends all over the country (or world)
Dropping some spare change into the Salvation Army collection bins
Spending quality time with friends and family
Singing loud for all to hear (remember when I sang to you all last year?)
This week, I am so thankful that the holiday season is upon us! Instead of falling into the rat race to find the perfect present or stressing out that you have SO MUCH TO DO! Take a deep breath, eat a Christmas cookie or two and try and remember why this season meant so much to you as a child — you know, before you had any real cares or worries.
Remember what it felt like to believe in miracles. Remember what it felt like to swell with anticipation, excitement and wonder. And then share those feelings with your friends and family. Because THAT is what this season is all about.
Why are you thankful for holiday cheer? What does it mean to you?
NOTE: Holiday cheer is color-blind and completely oblivious to creed or religion. No matter what you are celebrating this holiday season, I’m sure we’re all celebrating something beautiful