‘Tis the season – already. Can you believe it? The holidays always seem to sneak up on me, but despite all the hustle and bustle, I really enjoy this time of year. I love Christmas lights and the decorations in the stores (although they do seem to arrive earlier and earlier every year) and I have to admit that I’m a sucker for sappy holiday movies and just about every Christmas carol ever sung.
With as much as I love Christmas, I want to make sure that I don’t overlook Thanksgiving. If you don’t like to cook (and I don’t ), preparing a Thanksgiving meal is a stressful event. However, we all need to remember that Thanksgiving is not really about the feast. It is instead all about the giving – thanks, that is, and not just for the food on our plates. Thanksgiving should serve as a reminder that we all have something to be grateful for, no matter how difficult our circumstances may be. Our faith and the right to exercise it freely, our family and friends, our health and our home are blessings that we should never take for granted. If you know someone who is lacking in any of these areas this holiday season, show your gratitude for what you have by helping that person out.
Whatever you do for the holidays, I hope you can minimize the stressful parts. Try focusing instead on the reason for the season, count your blessings and make plenty of time to share it all with those you love the most!
THINGS TO ENJOY & INSPIRE IN NOVEMBER & DECEMBER:
Ever prepared a holiday dish or tried a festive decorating scheme that didn’t quite work out as planned? Take heart! Houzz Call: Show Us Your Thanksgiving Fails proves that you’re not alone!
Minimize the chance for disastrous dishes with these Quick and Easy Holiday Recipes from Food Network.
7 Wonderful Reasons to Smile and Be Thankful from Inspiration.allwomenstalk.com reminds us to recognize and appreciate the blessings that we have every day.
Did you know that living with a sense of gratitude can not only make you happier but also healthier? Boost Your Health With a Dose of Gratitude from WebMD shows you how.
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough. – Oprah Winfrey at BrainyQuote.
Christmas lights are a beautiful part of the season. Use this Worldwide Christmas Light Finder to discover amazing displays in your area. Just enter your zipcode and you’ll get directions to the season’s best and brightest near you.
Schedule family movie nights and enjoy some quality time together during the holidays. Here are some recommendations for fun flicks that celebrate the season:
10 Best Family Holiday Movies from Metro:
Jingle All the Way, Elf, The Polar Express, Home Alone, Veggie Tales: Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas, Shrek the Halls, The Nutcracker: The Untold Story, Frozen, The Santa Clause and A Christmas Story . I would add The Holiday to the list of movies to enjoy this season. Parts of it are not kid-appropriate, though, so you might want to watch it on a girls-night, instead.