This year is very different from last year. Last year, I spent it with my daughter, grandson and the extended family. It was a stressful day, but also a great day to be with my grandson for his first Christmas. Stressful due to the family conditions my daughter was living in.
Fast forward to this year – I’m enjoying a quiet day with my son, watching football and cooking a prime rib for dinner. My granddaughter is with her mom’s family (due to illness, no visiting), and my daughter and grandson are visiting my ex and his family. It’s been a good day, albeit quiet, but good day in any event.
I am not a big Christmas person – it’s really just a day to spend copious amounts of money to show the people in our life how much we love them. That should not be a thing – we should just show them every day how much we love them with our hugs and words – gifts shouldn’t be used. But that’s just my thinking – I know others think this way but not everyone. It’s okay – I show my family all year long how much they mean to me. I don’t deny them that ever.
I am grateful today – with the love I feel from my family and the love that I give to them in return.
I hope everyone has had a wonderful Christmas day.
I’m very tired these days. The never-ending rains of the west coast are tiring. I just want to see some snow and maybe the sun!
Despite the incessant rain, tonight we had a slight reprieve and I took advantage of it to go for a walk around the neighbourhood to see Christmas lights. The decorations did not disappoint!
My thought for today – take a moment from your busy day, and enjoy what you see around you. A flower, a baby’s smile, Christmas decorations – anything that makes you smile is a good thing! Enjoy the pictures.
Yesterday I was lucky enough to be able to spend Christmas Day with my daughter, my grandson and my daughter’s boyfriend and mother. They are the only ones I see regularly outside of work so I knew I was safe to go there. I am truly blessed to have my daughter close by, and now with my beautiful grandson, i feel doubly blessed.
Next year I will be doubly blessed as my son and his girlfriend are expecting a baby in May. I am so excited to be a Grandma again!
I understand that people are stressed from the pandemic. I get it that it’s a stressful situation for everyone and even more so for those with depression or other mental health issues.
But I wonder – if the media decided to devote maybe three days a week to discuss the pandemic (unless there is something urgent to inform us all about), would that not maybe decrease some of the stress? We all know it’s out there because we see it every day. Is it necessary to be fear mongering everyone?
I know it’s serious and I am not meaning to downplay the importance of the news. I am just getting tired of seeing articles about how depressing this Christmas season will be, and how sad it will be without visiting family. We all know that so please we don’t need reminders of that.
Let’s all believe that there is hope out there and that all these vaccines will be what we all need to heal from this pandemic.
I believe in hope and joy for the season. I will not let the news bring me down!
What brings you happiness? Is it seeing someone special in your life every day? A smile from a crush? The light that shines in a child’s eyes when they see you after a long day at work? Or does the end of the day, getting in your car and heading home bring you happiness?
For some people, getting up to go to work brings them happiness and a joy in their life. I have been very fortunate in my life to have jobs/careers that have brought me much happiness. Working at some of the law firms that I did definitely brought me happiness. I know – it’s hard to believe but when I was working at some of the law firms, I actually got up and looked forward to going in to work! Waking up and knowing I could go and teach brought me a lot of happiness. Even now, working at Tim Horton’s, which I am sure some people don’t understand, brings me happiness. It is a simple job that does not require much thinking, but I have such a great rapport with my fellow workers that makes it such a fun and happy place, most days.
What else brings me happiness? Hearing from my kids. Knowing that everything is good with them, and that they are thinking of me, just like I think of them every single day. Knowing that even though we don’t talk every day, they know that I love them and think of them.
Being in Welland and with my parents has brought me much happiness this year. It’s the first Christmas since 2010 that I have been in Welland and I am very fortunate to still have my parents around at my age, and I am incredibly grateful and happy for that.
Happiness is possible for everyone. It’s how we react and think. Every job can bring you happiness – you just have to have the right attitude.
What brings me happiness? My family, my jobs, my friends all over the world, and life.
So what brings you happiness?
Its just under a month away but I am already thinking about Christmas.
The cold weather has put me in the spirit of Christmas ~ Europe was not that cold or snowy when I was there these past two Christmases. I am very excited that it will be cold here!
My students all know about Christmas, and so its already become part of my lessons. I like sharing stories about Canada, so I will tell them how I celebrated when I was their age.
Of course this year will be different and perhaps a bit tougher for me. With no oven, it means no baking. Or roasting a chicken. I am unsure what I will do, but there is no time off so I will not be wallowing away.
I still can’t believe that this will be my third Christmas away from Canada.