As a sat thinking about what to put in my Christmas letter, I thought about all the great times I had throughout the year with my wonderful wife and Christmas Gratitude popped into my head. I asked myself, “What am I grateful for?” The fun and interesting places we have visited and the great people we have met. Traveling to a few more state capitols on our bucket list quest to visit all 50 together (27 out of 50). Some really amazing experiences like transiting the Panama Canal and hiking up to Sun Gate at Machu Pichu. I also thought about some friends who are having a rough time. Whether it is health, finances or some other issue, it make you grateful for what you have. So I thought about having a little Christmas gratitude.
While gratitude is important every day, I think especially around the holidays it is even more important. A little Christmas gratitude can go a long way. Not only do you feel better, but I believe that those around you feel better too. Being grateful seems to be a lost art to some. Sadly more of my American friends seem less gracious and grateful than those from other countries. Is this due to the media and our consumption society fueled by a steady diet of commercials and vanity TV? Maybe. That being said, all of my friends do express gratitude, some just do it better/more often that others.
Take a moment and write (yes, with a pen or pencil) a list of some things for which you are grateful. Need a little help? Do you have food? Do you have a place to live? Do you have friends? Can you read this? Can you write? Do you have water? Is there a park, lake, mountains, walking trail, etc nearby? Do you have music in your life (yes the radio counts)?
Stop looking at what you don’t have and show a little gratitude for the many wonderful and simple things that you do have. You might be surprised at how a little Christmas gratitude can not only change your day, but affect everyone around you too.
How do you show Christmas Gratitude?