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With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, we realize it has been a while since we last posted a blog entry. That being said, we thought we would use this time to reflect on what the meaning of the holidays was really all about. And that was definitively about replacing extravagant gifts, or lots of gifting, with thoughtful gifts and kind gestures.
And it seems we are not the only ones that found this inspiration this year. We were recently sitting in our local restaurant that our friends ow,n chatting with them, when something magnificent happened. A woman who had been eating with her daughter at the bar area of the restaurant approached them and asked if she could anonymously pay for everyone’s lunch at the bar. The owners immediately jumped to it and I sat there in awe and was so moved by it all that it brought me to tears. This woman was paying it forward, the way that we all should…
While not all of us can afford to pay for a restaurant full of lunches, we can make gestures during the holidays that make a major impact. For me, I decided to sit down and write letters to my boyfriend, his children and my best friend telling them how much I appreciate them, cherish them and love them. As my boyfriend and I sat with his children on Christmas day, they each opened up their cards one by one and read them aloud. Our 9 year old went first and was so moved by my words that she began sobbing, came over and wrapped herself around my neck and shared a happy cry with me. Needless to say, everyone else started to cry as well.
The joy of giving from the heart is such a wonderful thing to give and receive. So, while they went on to open their gifts from us, it made me feel good to know the Christmas spirit was still alive in our household. May you find creative and thoughtful ways to inspire those around you this holiday season…
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