I’m linking up today with Emily from Ember Grey for her Grateful Heart Linkup. She helps us start off the week right by writing about what she is grateful for and asking other bloggers to join in. I’m excited to finally be linking up after reading so many of her grateful heart posts.
Today, I want to start off the holiday season with a grateful heart.
I don’t like thinking about the holidays as something we need to get through. It’s not something we need to go into debt for. It’s not something to stress over. It’s not about shopping or having magazine-worthy decorations or perfect cards. I don’t like the pressure of feeling like I have to do everything, bake all of the cookies, battle busy stores and cutthroat parking lots.
I want to just enjoy the holiday season with the people I love. I want to make some presents, send some cards, bake some cookies, drink some wine, and watch some movies. Simple as that.
Christmas is the only time that Nick will have vacation for the foreseeable future, and I don’t want to spend that time stressed.
I wanted to write about this today because I feel like the holidays will be a little bit stressful no matter what. But I think that putting it into perspective can help a lot. There are so many beautiful things that only come this time of year, things that I am so grateful for, things that I look forward to all year. I want to go into the holiday season with a grateful heart instead of a begrudging one. You’re not going to get to do everything, but you can be intentional about how you pend your precious holiday season.
So today, and during the holidays season, I’m grateful for so much. No stress for me this year.
I’m grateful for family traditions.
I’m grateful for new traditions Nick and I have made over the years.
I’m grateful for Thanksgiving dinner and all of the pie.
I’m grateful for time with people I love.
I’m grateful for Christmas trees and twinkling lights.
I’m grateful for ornaments that tell our story.
I’m grateful for Christmas music that feels like coming home.
I’m grateful for cozy sweaters, fuzzy socks, and Christmas pajamas.
I’m grateful Christmas cards from my friends and family.
I’m grateful for movies like The Grinch and Elf.
I’m grateful for The Hallmark Channel and their cheesy holiday movies.
I’m grateful for cookies, mulled wine, and hot coco.
I’m grateful for all-day baking sessions where calories definitely don’t count.
I’m grateful for the ability to buy presents for people I love.
I’m grateful for drinks by the fire.
I’m grateful for that feeling of coming home after being away for so long.
I’m grateful for a new Star Wars movie (DECEMBER 17!).
I’m grateful for the wonder of it all.