Good morning, Loves! Winter has arrived. I awoke to a wintry mix of snow and rain, a sick daughter, a Dad who is going in for his 3rd surgery, and icy sidewalks. It's the kind of day that makes one dream of going back to bed.
The holiday spirit is in full bloom over here. Décor is underway, holiday scented candles are wafting through the air, and holiday music plays in the background, bringing to memory childhood innocence.
The holidays are not always easy for everyone. People who have suffered a loss, heartbreak, or even a financial hardship sometimes find it difficult to feel jolly.
The truth is, Christmas isn't about gifts, décor, or what fabulous dress you'll wear to the holiday party. It's about giving. It's easy to lose sense of this, when the holiday is being marketed at the same time as Halloween.
I think that all of us want to make a difference in the world. I often joke about how am I supposed to make a difference? I tried to join the National Guard, I was too old. I thought about donating my last egg, too old. Dan and I joked around about adopting - he's too old and I'm on depression meds. for chronic pain. Then we realized we are technically still married to other people - yeah, that. Lol.
I think we can make small differences each day. It doesn't have to be a grand gesture. If you'll join me, I'd love to start SPREAD THE SPIRIT where each day we can try to make a small difference.
Day one: When you hit your local coffee shop, pay for the person next in line. Too shy to do that? Bring your coworker a coffee, hot chocolate or tea, and leave it on their desk with a note that says: Happy Holidays from Santa's elf.
There is still time for my readers to enter the sterling silver branch necklace giveaway. Winner will be announced this week. Good luck!