1) I am thankful for those who have the Christmas spirit and inspire me to get started with a little of my own. This is a difficult season for me for many reasons, but I have discovered that if I can get motivated to do some things to brighten the holiday for others, it makes me feel good too!
2) I am thankful for days when my knees aren't hurting. I am used to the old worn out joints giving me problems, but once in awhile I realize that that on this particular day there is no pain. I don't know why that is, but sure is lovely when it happens!
3) I am thankful for a husband who feels like I do about Christmas spending. We keep it simple and the list short, and make sure that we don't go in debt in the process. Gifts can be creative and fun without spending a bundle or standing in long lines fighting crowds. I am also thankful for online shopping, it is even more appreciated at this time of year. Most of our gift buying is done online, which is so handy with shipping to folks who live far away. Funny how the Internet has become a way of life, and it wasn't that many years ago that we didn't even know what it was!
4) I am so very thankful that we have good, safe, dependable vehicles to drive. Many times in my life I have struggled with vehicles that wouldn't start well, didn't heat or cool adequately, broke down regularly, and couldn't be trusted to go long distances. Papa Bear and I both put over 250 miles a week on our vehicles, while commuting back and forth to work, running errands, etc. It is a blessing not to have to worry every time I head to town.
5) I am thankful that I had a mother who took the time to bake with her children, letting us start with tasks like sifting flour and breaking eggs from the time we were very small. My sisters and I learned to love baking from being her helpers. I miss her most at Christmas time... sweet memories of wonderful cookies being made by the dozens.
6) I am thankful for understanding bosses who had no problem with me opting to stay home from work yesterday due to roads that were covered in a thick layer of ice after the previous night's freezing rain. I didn't feel it was worth risking life, limb, or my vehicle for. Needless to say, all the schools and many businesses were closed.
7) I am thankful for my niece's delightful sense of humor. She lives in Minnesota (which is much the same as living in Siberia in the winter time). When I noted that our usually mild weather was in the twenties and dropping into the teens today, she responded that she thought the only ice we were supposed to have in Texas was in the margaritas. Amen to that! :-)
8) I am thankful for the "pay-it-forward" philosophy of responding to a person's kindness/assistance to oneself by being kind/helpful to someone else when the opportunity presents itself . I take the support and encouragement I have had and try to pay it forward whenever I can. I am thankful for all the people in my life who took the time to care - it made all the difference!
9) I am thankful for friends and fellow bloggers who understand that I don't always get back to comment on their posts or reply to comments on mine. I try hard to keep up with it, but time is limited, and I
10) I am thankful that I have grown children who are more excited about the holiday treats and baked-goods I send than anything money can buy. They have always been grateful children, happy even in the struggling years when the gifts they received were small. I am blessed that they understand it is about the giving and sharing rather than having a huge pile of presents to open. We saw these beautiful little snowman globes that change colors and have battery operated fans inside to keep the snow circulating. I sent them each one to remind them of the magic of childhood Christmases years ago. I also sent one to my niece, and one to my best friend, and am happy that they all liked them as much as I do!
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