In honor of my one and only reader - my niece Kim. : ) (hi Kim!)
It appears that Christmas is fast approaching, no matter how much I deny its impending arrival. This means that lists must be made. Lots of lists.
Have you ever said a word so many times that it just sounds funny? List. List. Say it. It just sounds like a nonsensical word.
This year the holidays will be a lot different for my kids and I. For one thing, they will be getting a lot less presents than they've received in the past. And I know they are ok with this, because really, Christmas is about something else entirely. But do I continue the same traditions we had as a family? Do I just forge on as if nothing is different? Or do I acknowledge the huge change we have experienced and create some new traditions? Luckily, my kids are old enough that we can discuss this issue and decide together what we should do.
I think I've mentioned before how I've always dreaded the holidays. I used to LOVE everything about Christmas, especially the decorating and preparing for everything involved with it. But for the past 12 years or so, my joy was slowly stifled so much that Christmas just became another chore. I'm hoping that this is the year I'll rediscover that excitement I used to have. I'm hoping I can approach each Christmas related activity with the proper attitude and not view it as just another thing to get through on the way to the next activity.
So with that in mind, I'm truly looking forward to this Thursday, celebrating Thanksgiving with my favorite people: my family. God has blessed me in so many ways and its important to acknowledge that. Happy Thanksgiving!