Thankful Thursday – 3 gifts striped

Three Gifts Striped

1. A striped candy cane made by the hands of someone I love, my big sister. Every year at Christmas, she would give me a hand-made ornament.  She passed away 10 years a go.  I miss those gifts.  I miss those hands.

Each year, as I hang the ornaments on my tree, I have a quiet moment of reflection as I think about my big sister, and her special gifts, and how much she loved me, and I loved her!

candy cane

2. Cozy socks that keep my feet nice and warm! Oh how I love a new pair of socks.

Because life is just too short for plain white socks!

sock

3. The blinds on my window. Not nearly as meaningful as the candy cane ornament, but certainly practical, and some times practical is good too.

window stripes

Overwhelmed by Christmas

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Well, actually it has been looking like Christmas since the day after Halloween!  Not at my house, but everywhere else I go!

No wonder I feel like I’ve fallen desperately behind in getting ready for the Christmas season!  I only have 20 shopping days left before Christmas, and there are 3 birthdays to celebrate between now and then!

The “Christmas Season”.

I don’t want to feel overwhelmed by it, and so I have to step back and reevaluate almost everything I do. Why am I doing it, and who am I doing it for?  I really do want to keep loving this time of year.

And…I want to enjoy it for what it is.  The celebration and the joy of a very special Gift, which in turn affords me the opportunity to share a gift with those I love.

My goal this year is to keep Christmas, simple and focused.  Enjoy the moments, and relax.  Create new memories, and remember the ones from the past.

I can do this!  I will do this!

Merry Christmas!