I hope you have enjoyed your Turkey, Tofurkey, quiche, lamb, mock duck, or whatever was on your dinner table last Thursday. We have one holiday down, and another two to go. Whether it’s Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Christmas, or the Winter Solstice, it is time for us to look around us and appreciate the gift of loved ones and blessings we have in our lives. For some of us, that means trampling other people to get a flat screen T.V. for next to nothing, and for others, that might mean enjoying a warm meal at a homeless shelter.
From one end of the spectrum to the other, the holiday season is, believe it or not, about more than just an economic boom for retailers. It’s about something different for everyone, but mostly, it is a reminder that no matter what the weather is like, we can still feel happy and full of love. We can try to bring a smile to others’ faces. We can eat what we want, drink what we want, and renew ourselves for the start of one more year to come.
I invite you to make a list of five blessings in your life: people, material, or theoretical, and draw it up. Make it fancy, how you like it, get it framed. Make it colorful, or black and white. Try and make it out of recycled materials if you can. Old buttons, magazine clippings, etc, and put it somewhere where you’ll see it every day from now until the end of the year. Get some family together and make it a group project.
If you like it enough, make it a part of your annual tradition. Keep them, and watch how they change, or stay the same. You’ll find that five may not be enough, and that you’ll want to make more than one. Happy holiday of your choice!
Here’s my list:
My Hair Straightener (yeah… I know)
Song of the day