It takes awhile for me to appreciate these holidays. Since I usually just get annoyed by the constant jingle of christmas commercials. but have noticed a few things to be happy about.
the lights I keep up in my kitchen year-round, actually seem prettier than usual.
the retro-print christmas fabric, which I could never wear but wanted to buy. became a dress for my little niece.
sort of hard not to smile at the town's display of holiday lights.
feeling myself lighten up a little. so will try to keep looking around at reasons. to enjoy, the season.
for hugs from my niece.
for the questions & the stories that come from my nephew.
for seeing beauty in something forgotten.
for my family.
for my friends who are without question.
for my home. and a cranky old cat, who occasionally still plays like a kitten.
for living in Kansas.
for creativity, generosity and care.
and thank you for the sunshine on thanksgiving day.
one of several birthday parties for the 4-yr old. sunny afternoon at the farm. roasted hot dogs & marshmallows over the fire. and a walk around the pond.
if you ask him, he'll offer up that he still kinda feels three sometimes.
I made him a superhero cape. and it didn't take long to figure out that capes are fun to run around in.
and he is very much one of my heroes.