'Tis the season

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Looking at the Christmas tree there's no denying the giving season is here. Presents festively wrapped with colorful ribbons conceal the floor beneath its branches. Collectively they form a handsome display; one I never seem to grow tired of.

This is the time of year when we offer a little more of ourselves and welcome the opportunity to bestow our generosity upon others. Some people prefer to offer up their time, others contribute financial donations to those less fortunate. In whatever form we choose, December is clearly a time of giving. But, it should also be a time for taking.

It should be a time to take in all that is currently good in your life; anything from your closest relationships, to your achievements, your health or your career. For me, it’s the little things. The moments when my family and I are hanging out in our pajamas on a Sunday morning drinking hot chocolate by the tree. It’s the smile I get from a stranger when I’ve made her laugh out loud, the kindness I see in others, and the comedy that often ensues between me and my husband.

Of course, there are the big things too; like my mother remaining cancer-free, the safety of our community, and being able to provide a loving home for our children. These are all gifts that have been given to me. Graciously, I take them.

My favorite part of Christmas has always been and will continue to be the act of giving, but I encourage you to take a moment to recognize the gifts life has given you.

Cheers to a wonderful Holiday and a Happy New Year!