Little Things to Love

Last Year When I was little, the days leading up to Christmas seemed to move in slow-mo. We had an elf ladder with 25 steps that our raggedy elf climbed each day. I’m sure I must have counted the stairs ten times a day, making certain that I wasn’t behind. I wasn’t. I had time to practice Christmas carols-sorry mom and dad-organize our presents into separate piles, examine each package under the tree, and make educated guesses as to what Santa had dropped off early. Now I barely have time to turn on the Christmas lights at night, let alone find the wrapping paper, scissors and tape.

I realize that time is not going to slow down, and so, I must instead find ways to keep up, and in keeping up, appreciate the joys of the season. Although I’m sure I’ve said it before, I think it is worthy to say it again, I truly believe that the “little things” make up life.

This week’s little things to love:

Charades

Although we never got around to playing charades over Thanksgiving Break, sigh, we did manage to fit in a game at a white elephant gift party this past weekend. The ladies in the room were far more enthused by my initial suggestion to play, and yet by the end of the night, I would wager to say that the guys had an equally great time. Oh, and if you’re wondering, the girls won.

Family Dinners

I stole this phrase straight out of the Jersey Shore book. But I’m sure they stole it out of someone else’s book too. So, it’s all good. There are few things I love more than dinners at home with my friends. If I’m cooking, I usually do a vegetable lasagna or manicotti because that’s about as far as my culinary skills stretch. But my friend, Emily, is an amazing little chef, so anytime she cooks dinner it’s better than a restaurant anyway. Not to mention we don’t have to dress up or wear make-up.

Online Shopping

Thank goodness for online shopping. Honestly. I fully intended to do my shopping in-store, but after one failed attempt, I placed that dream aside. I love people, but not enough to fight over shopping carts with them. The internet is just so much more peaceful. And that’s what the holidays are all about, right?

Reading a Good Book

This past Saturday was 80 degrees, which on December 1, almost seems impossible. I took full advantage of the beautiful day by taking my 3 dogs and my Nicholas Sparks’ novel, The Best of Me, on the porch. It was incredibly relaxing, and if you ask me, much better than heading out to the hectic stores.

And now, time to turn on those Christmas lights!

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