There are times in life when it is hard to be grateful for where we are in life. Some days are just difficult. And for some of us the holidays are even more difficult. The loss and heartbreak seem to be magnified on these days when family is supposed to be surrounding us, but we feel all alone. These are the times when I try really hard to focus on the things in life that remain, and for those gifts I do my best to have a grateful heart.
When I was growing up, we didn’t have family around us, so our holidays were usually all about staying at home with just our little family. That was OK, but once in a while Grandma would visit (but more often, if anything, we went to visit her as she was not always healthy), or a cousin and family might stop by, but holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas were really quiet, simple times at home in our little lake cottage. Especially on really cold, snowy days it was great to stay home, by the fire, in warm jammies and slippers, watching cartoons all day long.
Thanksgiving dinner back then wasn’t a really big deal, either. We would have turkey and mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and rolls, and maybe some cranberry sauce to go along with it all. But it was nothing like the feasts that families have these days! I guess I learned to enjoy the quiet, simple routine of the holidays. It was all just fine with me! Since I’m a “home girl” anyway, I love to stay at home, sipping a cup of tea by the fireplace while the turkey is roasting in the oven. Lucky for me, my sweet hubby LOVES to cook all the other stuff, too, so he gets the potatoes ready to be mashed, the sweet potatoes ready to go in the oven, the rolls and the green bean casserole just waiting for their turn. Of course, the girls and I help with all of that, but he is the King of the Kitchen on Thanksgiving at our house. And we still like to stay at home, just the four of us, in our jammies while we watch a holiday movie together.
So I am reminded each year at this time to be grateful for the little things in life. Because after all, what would we do if suddenly we discovered that we no longer have the “big” or “fancy” or “exciting” stuff that often comes with the holiday season? I am happy with the little things, and I am truly grateful for the blessings of everyday life. Even when there is loss or sadness, grief or heartbreak, there truly is always something to be grateful for. Even it it is one more day when the sun comes up and we have life – for now, that is enough for me. I hope you are finding that the little things in life bring you joy and that you are grateful for every one of them!