Tuesday, December 6, 2011
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We did some traveling over the Thanksgiving Holiday. On the way home, in the car, the kids were complaining about being squished, and uncomfortable, or (gasp!) arguing about what to watch on the portable DVD player. My first reaction was to turn around and spread a little holiday cheer of my own, by scolding them. Thankfully, this time I had a better solution.
I started to tell them about how the pioneers crossed the plains. I told them about the conditions, and the cold, and the hardships they faced. The kiddies actually listened and figured out on their own (with a little prompting) that they had a very comfortable way to travel.
That moment in time has really stayed with me and I've spent a lot of time thinking what comforts I take for granted, especially around the Holiday season. Let me share some...
I love to climb into bed every night, snuggle under warm blankets, and lay my head on a comfy pillow. I do it every night, but do I stop to think about how lucky I am? I have a roof over my head, a wonderful bed to climb into, a heated home, warm blankets, etc. safe and secure in my home.
I love hot chocolate! It is one of my holiday comforts! When I want some, I grab a mug, warm the water in the microwave, stir in the hot chocolate mix, and then stir in the marshmallows (I MUST have marshmallows!) How easy, right? I have running water in my home, a microwave, can afford to buy my hot chocolate mix, and those little pillowy yummies called marshmallows. How lucky I am!
I find it very comforting to sit in front of the Christmas tree, with the Christmas lights on, the room lights off, and listening to Christmas music. It's a wonderful moment to really think about this season and everything it means to me. You know where I'm going with this... warm home, electricity, beautiful tree, the gift of music.
I love this season! I love the fun, and the sparkle, the shopping, the sharing. I love the baking and the eating! It is filled with so many wonderful moments, so much comfort. I love my family, my friends and all you friends I haven't met yet.
This season feels a little more special to me, even more comforting, because I'm starting to get it. How truly blessed I am, how wonderful life is, how special this season is. How comforting it really is to sit sipping my hot chocolate by the Christmas tree, and what a blessing this simple act is.
My wish this Holiday season is for your life to be filled with comfort, joy, and gratitude for the amazing blessings all around us.
Now, I'm going to go do some baking while listening to Christmas music, using my stove, food staples, electricity, my fridge, and marshmallows... yumm! Ain't life grand!
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