Getting to be a kid again:
This week I got to enjoy the lights at Our Lady of the Snows Shrine in Belleville, IL. It had been many years since I had the pleasure of seeing the specular display that has been a tradition since 1970. My heart was filled with joy as I watched the children hanging out of car windows taking in the colors and characters from the bible. I brought back happy memories of taking my own children and I could feel my own inner kid smiling and enjoying the ride.
Seeing people be nicer to one another:
Even through this harried time of year, I notice people taking the time to show extra patience and care. Though the hustle and bustle can feel daunting and the to-do list ever so long, most people seem more caring toward not just those they love but also those they don’t even know. It’s a wonderful gift and what the season is truly all about.
Savoring the flavors:
Holiday gatherings are made special by the traditions and recipes that get handed down from generation to generation. This is the time to savor the food and flavors that we don ‘t get to experience during the rest of the year. Sharing meals with folks who have no place to go makes it tase even better.
Counting our blessings:
It’s easy to forget just how blessed we are until we see someone who has less than us. As we shop for our families, you can’t help but see the bell ringers and booths who serve those less fortunate. Giving what we can, even if it is a silent blessing of peace for someone who is struggling is a demonstration of gratitude and appreciation for what we have and an offering of peace and grace for them.
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