This Christmas was a different one for the ‘Kid’ and I. Since I just started a new job there was no extra money for us to buy for each other. We made the decision not to decorate the house or put up a tree. There wasn’t even a candy cane in the house. There was no traditional Christmas morning breakfast because we both slept in.
This was the first time since the ‘kid’ was born we did not celebrate Christmas in our home. I have to say, this broke my heart. I realize that he is 25 and no longer a child, but I always want to do right by him and that includes having presents under the tree. I want him to have wonderful memories of Christmas and not give him a memory of that ‘one’ Christmas we did nothing.
Not being able to buy for each other this year helped remind us that there are worse things in the world that could happen. It also reminded us to be grateful for what we do have and not focus on what we don’t.
I have a new job.
We were able to be involved in our family gift exchange.
We had a wonderful dinner and in excellent company on Christmas Eve.
We were able to prepare food to take to my folk’s home for our family on Christmas day.
I was able to help my mom out since she wasn’t feeling good.
We realized that the best gifts are not always ones you unwrap. We have the gift that my parents, his grandparents are still with us and we got to share another Christmas with them.
We have the gift of our health and capabilities to go to my cousin’s home and have a delicious dinner and lots of laughter.
We have the gift of hearing, to hear the laughter of my great nephew, the laughter of my brother, sister and extended family, laughter of my parents and kid. Listening to music. Listening to conversations.
We have the gift of sight even though mine needs help with glasses. Seeing all the smiling faces and joy in my loved ones eyes.
We were gifted with friends and family that love us.
We have the gift of our cousins that we love dearly and are grateful for the joy, love and support they show us all the time.
We have the gift of the best Aunts and Uncles a family could have. They love us unconditionally and that is an amazing gift.
We were given the gift to look at things in a new light.
We have the gift of a roof over our heads and food on our table.
We also have the greatest gift of all, a loving, caring and a protecting God. He always meets our needs.
When I look at this year and how it was a different Christmas for the “kid’ and I. I have to say, it was a great Christmas. We were surrounded by people we love and that love us. You really can’t ask for more than that.
Here’s my suggestion to you: If you didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas, or your plans didn’t turn out the way you had hoped, don’t be a Scrooge about it, be grateful for what you already have.
Remember everything you have whether it be material possessions or not, is a gift. Be grateful because not everyone has what you have. There will always be someone that would love to be in your position (good or bad).
If you have a grateful heart you will ALWAYS be blessed.