I am grateful for all of the lovely Christmas cards...I apologize that, again this year, I did not do Christmas cards.
Day 31 - I am grateful for the past 30 days, thinking everyday, even when I didn't get a chance to post, about what I am most grateful for.
This time of year, when it's (in theory) supposed to be the time for us to be most grateful and feel the most peaceful, is fraught with extra stress, extra pressure, extra pain, extra emotional minefields...and it is difficult, when caught up in the never ending list of things to do and places to be, checking account math and emotional pressure, to remember how much I have to be grateful for.
I scaled back this year on everything...on the number of cookies I made, the number of social events I participated in, the number of packages I mailed. I'd love to say it's because I am trying to simplify and focus more on the peace and joy of the season...but that would be a lie. I scaled back because I didn't have the time or resources to do otherwise.
So, again this year...I did not create that perfect holiday, the one where I am superwoman, all things to all people with a perfectly decorated tree and house, a tin of cookies for everyone I know, the giver of the perfect gift that is perfectly wrapped with a perfect bow. Instead, I did the best I could, while working out 7 days a week, working extra time at the job and recovering from a kitchen renovation. I am trying to be grateful that I made it through that with my sanity intact.
What I am grateful for without condition or qualification is:
My little Norfolk island Pine, that is acting as my Christmas tree
Spending time with fun people
Realizing the joy of Christmas is in giving
Seeing posts that talk about good and happy things and things to be grateful for
ALL OF YOU
I hope you're all experiencing peace on earth and goodwill towards man.
As for me? My cup runneth over.