Many years ago, when my oldest children were little, we didn’t have much. We barely were able to meet our bills and feed our family. The holiday season wasn’t a joyous season. It was a stressful season. The materialism of Christmas was overwhelming. Then, a lovely family introduced us to St. Nicholas Day. From that day on, my kids caught the spirit of giving. The list of “wants” got shorter. The list of “gives” got longer. It became our tradition to give to others, some in great need, and some just for fun.
Today I am grateful for that generous family who lifted my family’s spirits and taught them the joy of giving.
I am grateful for people in my life who have seen a need and stepped forward when I needed to be lifted.
I am grateful for this family tradition. It’s my favorite because it reminds us that Jesus is the reason for the season and the greatest gift we have ever been given. Our greatest memories are now about the giving and not the receiving.
I am grateful for my daughter who loves to run around the country-side delivering little pieces of joy and love with me.
I am grateful for a full day that was full of good things and service. I’m tired, and I didn’t get to my yoga, walking or strength exercises, but I got in scripture study, work, service, and some Christmas cheer.
What are you grateful for today?