Saturday, December 12, 2009

The Anticipation

Right now it the time of the season that I love the most. The excitement of finding the last of the gifts to go under the tree, working on putting the finishing touches on gifts, and deciding what else I would like to bake for Christmas goodies.
I LOVE sitting in the living room in the evening by a nice fire, looking at the Christmas tree lights while thinking about things I can do to make this Christmas memorable for my family. I love finding some funny things to put in the kids stockings, and even though they are grown, I think they look forward to getting into their stocking almost as much as opening their gifts!

It's the time when neighbors are extra kind to one another. I had a little elf stop by my door with a bag of baked goodies, and beside tasty treats, my neighbor had made 2 Christmas c.d.'s with her favorite Christmas songs to share. These acts of kindness warm my heart. Nothing in life brings me greater pleasure that being able to give. Being kind and thoughtful to others make me warm and fuzzy inside like no other feeling in the world. Sometimes it's hard to pull yourself away and reflect a moment...but I always ask myself....is there someone I could do something nice for? Maybe it's the girl at the coffee shop who always has a smile on her face in the morning, or the postman who weathers the elements to delivery Christmas cards of good cheer, or the lonely elderly neighbor who always has time to talk. It doesn't have to be something big and fancy...just a little something to acknowledge them. The rewards you get supersede their happiness of being remembered at this magical time of the year.

12 comments:

Martha said...

That's what I like best about the Christmas season -- the kindness of everyone! If only we could have that kindness the other 11 months!

Merry Christmas!

Cari B. said...

Yes, you are so very right. It's important to do those little things for the people we see every day yet become such a part of our routine that we don't take the time to be thankful.

Farmgirl Cyn said...

It truly is better to give than to receive, isn't it?

Jules said...

Very true! It is nice when people can see past the materialism.

Suz said...

good thoughts

Carol J. said...

G'morning Nancy. Just so you know, if the world were filled with more people like you, it would be a better place. :)

BECKY said...

Hello BFF...I mean sis as in twin sis! I LOVE giving and making people smile more than anything!! Fun, fun, fun!!

Sweetie, I wish you all the best of this holiday season...the love and laughter of family and friends, good food, new memories made, and of course, the wonderful celebration of the arrival of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!! May He shower you with joy this week!!

Love and hugs,
Becky

the wild raspberry said...

what a lovely reminder about this season of giving~
blessings to you sweet friend~
chasity

Leslie said...

Well said Nancy... love this blog.

Marydon Ford said...

The greatest daily joy in my life, year round, is in giving ... it makes my feel so good & the smiles/TYs of appreciation are heartwarming.

Merry Christmas, TTFN ~ Marydon
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Beverly said...

Some of the same thoughts I've been having this Christmas.

Twyla and Lindsey said...

This was beautifully written. I, too, love the anticipation of Christmas and all those special moments leading up to it. Wish it could be like this all the time. Have a wonderful day and a very Merry Christmas! Twyla