A video greeting is forthcoming, but I wanted to share a few things. You may (or may not) have heard that my daughter has just moved in with Denise and I. She is about to turn 21 and is taking a little time to get her life lined up and figure out what she wants to do with her life. I am fortunate enough to be able to offer her a place that is warm, clean, and full of love where she can take her time and not be rushed or feel like she is always trying to play catch up.
For me, this is kind of a dream come true. I have my daughter home and this will actually be our FIRST Christmas together. This will be the first time she wakes up under my roof on Christmas morning! I am so excited that I can hardly believe it. Honestly, when did I get so lucky? Yet, even as I celebrate this wonderful time, I am VERY aware that not everybody feels the joy in this season. In fact, for many, it is quite the opposite. So, I am going to encourage all of you who take the time to read this little post to take just a moment and consider the blessings in your life. Next, I urge you to reach out to that person you know that might not be smiling and full of joy. Perhaps invite them over for dinner. Also, do something random and nice for a total stranger. You will be amazed at how great that feels. A couple of my favorite things to do this time of year is to pay for the “person behind me” in line at a coffee, place. I actually had that done for me once and it inspired me to do the same. Also, take care of your servers.Believe it or not, this is the WORST time of the year for those who rely heavily on tips. People are spending money and usually short those who are serving them. A random and large tip every once in a while might mean that nice young man or woman who did such a great job that night while you were dining with friends will be able to get that gift for his or her child that was just too expensive. Sure, it might not, but isn’t it more fun to think the other way?!
This is a crazy time of year, but let’s try to make it as wonderful as a Hallmark holiday movie. Love, laugh, and share. And don;t forget those who need it the most right now. I am sure we all have a little extra joy to share.