I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. It is a good time to reflect on all we have. Ironic that it is also the kickoff of the biggest consumerism season. Last year hubby and I decided to forgo all of that consumerism and instead decided to only make charitable donations.
Our plan will be similar this year. We are however going to go in with my sister and get my mother a new recliner that has built-in heat and massage to help her rheumatoid arthritis. I think that kind of conscience consumerism is still consistent with our beliefs. It was amazing last year doing this. It brought back all the joy of the holiday season that I felt I lost. I am someone who loves the holidays. I love running through the neighborhood Christmas lights every morning. I love cooking and listening to classic Christmas music on Pandora that reminds me of when I was a kid. I love taking time off to just be with my husband. I love driving home and walking in the door as it gets dark. This time of year just makes home that much homier. Somehow the endless to do list and purchasing unneeded items overtook all the positives of the season for years.
We have decided to reclaim the things about this time of year that make it magical. It starts with realizing we have everything we need right here and now. Not one thing that makes the holidays for me costs any money. They all unfold right here on their own. I hope this holiday season is full of magic and gratitude for you and your loved ones. Sing while you cook, laugh with loved ones, eat good food, and think about how you might use this time of the year to make it better for someone else. I think that is the true spirit of the holidays.