Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Just celebrate!

Source: blog.miishka
It's the calm before the storm. Next week brings Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Christmas, and New Year mania. I know lots of people find this time of year stressful, but I'm just as excited as I was when I was five: I love the preparation and the anticipation of the holidays.

Since 2009, I've become determined to celebrate whenever and whatever I can, because life is too short and too difficult to dwell on the negative. This means when the dog pees in the house, the kids fight relentlessly, and a work campaign becomes a big flop, I'm celebrating the fact that my amazing husband went out to Starbucks and bought me a cappuccino.

Here's what I plan to celebrate in the coming weeks:  
  1. The transformation of my neighborhood, from an ordinary collection of homes to a sparkly, wonderland full of glitzy masterpieces
  2. The opportunity to select the perfect gift for each person I love
  3. Shopping without guilt
  4. Hot chocolate, made with foamy milk
  5. Baking and decorating sugar cookies with my, now quite skilled, children
  6. Watching TV under a pile of blankets
  7. Dressing up
  8. Going to parties
  9. Bundling up and hiking in the snow
  10. Air popped popcorn and an afternoon watching Holiday Inn 
  11. Drinking lots of red wine
What will warm you inside?

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