As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.
Today I am thankful for Christmas music.
I’ve been listening to it periodically for a couple of days. I usually wait until after Thanksgiving, but this year Thanksgiving is late and it just feels like it’s time. I know a number of my friends have already decorated, so I think a lot of people are feeling like it’s time.
There is just something inherently, purely happy about Christmas music for me, though there certainly have been years I just wasn’t feeling Christmas music.
I mentioned it to one of my friends and she said she already has her tree up. She speculated that we’re both into Christmas this year because we aren’t miserable about our lives any longer. I think she’s right.
I’m able to think about the positive associations I have of Christmas music, instead of thinking about all of the stress we tend to add to Christmas–you know, getting the right gifts, not going over budget, then going over budget and being mad at ourselves, etc. I’m sure some of this stress will hit at some point.
But for right now, I’m able to think about the peace of sitting in front of the fireplace with the Christmas tree lit, listening to Christmas music with Steve. The simple pleasure of that.
This whole month, I keep coming back to simple pleasures.
What are you grateful for today?