Merry Christmas from West Chester! Thankful Thursday, 12/22/11

It’s the last Thankful Thursday before Christmas and in the vortex of holiday happenings and trying to get it all done and showing homes and being the chief cook and bottle washer of our household, I am taking a minute to feel blessed.  I’ve been fighting a very bad cold for 2 weeks and with all the celebrating, shopping, wrapping, baking, cooking and working that I’ve been doing, there’s been very little time to get better.  Today and tomorrow are two more days filled with real estate and holiday things and for a minute I want to close my eyes and be grateful.  

Deep breath and here we go.  I have a niece who will not be able to be with us on Christmas Eve this year.  The first year in her 25 years on earth that I won’t see her on Christmas Eve.  So tonight, my boys and I are driving to New Jersey to see her!  My little girl, the first baby on my side of the family.  I’ve been loving this child every day for 25 plus years.  

My sons, Mike and Max who went shopping for my presents yesterday.  My boys are the lights of my life and I’m so grateful for them and proud of them.  Big strong handsome young men with kind hearts and a strong bond with me.  Good boys.  I’m very, very thankful for them.

My husband Jack, who God love him, doesn’t do a thing that has anything to do with Christmas except buy my presents and search for the world’s cheapest Christmas tree.  He had a ball this year going to outlets with his friend and he seems very excited about his purchases for me.  I sent him with a gentle reminer that I am no longer, nor have I been in a very long time, a size 6! lol!  Last night I wasn’t feeling very Christmasy and it was 11:00 PM and I was still picking up after everyone and doing laundry and working on the computer and I went in to the living room and told him just one year I would like to be him on Christmas.  He laughed.  Deep cleansing breaths.  ðŸ™‚

My mom.  She’s getting older and I am very grateful that she is still with us.  I will be bringing her to my house after our dinner with my sister Liz, who I am also thankful for, and my little niece.

My friends.  I am reminded everyday of George Bailey and the end of It’s a Wonderful Life.  No man is a failure who has friends.  I am blessed with lovely friends, both near and far, who are with me daily either in person or in spirit to lift me up, make me laugh and just accept me, faults and all.

My animals make me smile every day.  No matter what is happening, I am loved beyond measure by my little dog JJ and ignored and loved in equal measure by my two gorgeous cats, Dani and Dusty.

Laughter.  One of my life’s biggest blessings is that I am an easy laugher and very easily amused.  It’s a blessing that I am thankful for every day.

See.  I feel better already.  I just needed a minute to reflect that this season shouldn’t be about how much I get done for everyone but about how much I appreciate that we are all in this life together.

May the peace and beauty of the season remain in your heart and mind.  Carpe Diem!



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