Woven Holidays

Thanksgiving ~ Christmas ~ New Year
I love the weaving of
gratitude ~ Christ ~ redemption ~ resolution
that these three holidays present for us.

Regarding Thanksgiving, I love:
having the spirit of gratitude in my heart and focusing on all that I have been blessed with
spending days planning and preparing for Thanksgiving dinner
spending time with our married son and daughter-in-law ~ watching football, visiting,
playing games, and painting Christmas ornaments
calling parents and siblings to wish them a Happy Thanksgiving and talk about their thankful day

And then before Thanksgiving has been phased out we embrace Christmas with music, gift shopping, and decorating.

Regarding Christmas, I love:
having the spirit of gratitude and Christmas in my heart
the sprit of Christmas in the hearts of everyone around me
Christmas music ~ especially religious and instrumental
Christmas baking ~ traditional recipes mixed with some new recipes
nativity sets
Christmas decorating ~ our tree that is a walk down Memory Lane
family Christmas parties ~ food, games, remembering the birth of Jesus, and lot’s of fun
family traditions
watching Christmas movies
the magnificent feelings and spirit that surrounds our Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Jesus Christ ~ his birth, his life, his sacrifice

And then comes the week between Christmas and the New Year ~ some people put away their Christmas decorations and anticipate the New Year while others want to be surrounded by them a little longer, hanging on to just a few more days of all that is wonderful about this beautiful time of year.

Regarding the New Year, I love:
having the spirit of gratitude, Christmas, and resolution in my heart
cooking a late morning breakfast and eating together with my family
having a relaxing day that somehow feels refreshing and new even though it’s just another day
playing games, taking a nap, watching football with my family
thinking about my life ~ how can I be better, more productive, more loving, more useful, more of everything?
making resolutions that will move me forward to be the daughter of God that I am meant to be

And so with the weaving of these three remarkable holidays that fall within 6 weeks of one another we have the opportunity to culminate one year, one chapter in our lives and begin a new year, a new chapter for a new, even-better us.

I hope we all have a blessed, wonderful, and meaningful Thanksgiving ~ Christmas ~ New Year season,
and that we will keep these feelings with us throughout the upcoming year.


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6 Responses to Woven Holidays

  1. Lengel December 4, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    Thanks for this post. I, too, enjoy the weaving of the holidays at this time of year.
    I like to begin with reflection of the harvest of food and flowers and blessings in late Sept.

    • Lori December 4, 2012 at 4:53 pm #

      Lengel ~ I am so glad I have such a good friend that will actually read what I write! You mean the world to me. Yes, the harvest. I should have included that. Thanks for reminding me.

  2. Bette Denisn December 4, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    This is such a beautiful post. Thanks for reminding us of all the good things we have to enjoy in this beautiful thing we call life. I am thankful for you and your beautiful spirit and love for others.

    • Lori December 4, 2012 at 4:49 pm #

      Thank you, Mom. Life is beautiful, isn’t it? Thank you for giving me life. You always have such kind and uplifting words for me and about me. I love you.

  3. Haley @ The Saucy Apple December 5, 2012 at 12:56 am #

    Oh, how I love this positive, fresh perspective on the next few weeks. It’s like a breath of peppermint-scented air. People can get so worked up at this time of year, and sadly, before they know it, the new year has begun. I really like to take things slowly in December and savor every moment.

    • Lori December 6, 2012 at 2:57 am #

      I’m like you, Haley. I love to savor this time of year. I try not to get caught up in the hustle~bustle of the season.

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