It’s Christmas Day! I’m very thankful for the Reason for the season (Jesus Christ), and even though it’s easy to get caught up in the “gift-giving-and-getting” aspect of Christmas (guilty over here), there’s something about the quietness of the morning that reminds me what Christmas is about.
I hope you’ll be spending the day with loved ones—I’m spending Christmas with my parents and brothers. My parents and I have been blessed to celebrate 33 Christmases with my sister; this is the first without her. However I’m happy that she is with her cute little family, as she should be for Christmas. I’m also thankful for these other things.
- It’s hard not to reflect on 2015 since the year will be over in six days. If I’m honest, this year wasn’t successful to the level that I wanted (I’ll share more about this at the end of the month), but I’m thankful that I’m around to reflect on the year. Many people didn’t make it to Christmas 2014—I’m thankful that we all did.
- I’m thankful that my sister and nephew arrived safely in Nigeria at the beginning of this month. Traveling with a baby wasn’t easy and it’s great how everything worked out: our family friend was supposed to travel earlier but his ticket was cancelled, which allowed my sister to be on the same flight as him. He turned out to be lifesaver, and this is a case where “mom knows best” because my mom was really pushing for my sister to travel with someone, while my sister and I didn’t think it was such a big deal—never underestimate the wisdom of our elders!
- I’m thankful that my office is closed from today until January 2nd. In the past, we didn’t have to work on Christmas Eve and over the years I’ve become so used to it that I forget that not everyone has paid leave over Christmas.
- I’m thankful that my friend Ves and I had a safe trip to and from New York state for Black Friday shopping last month. Although I was disappointed by the deals, the trip was good, even with the excitement of a deer crossing right in front of us while I was driving! I’m thankful that the weather was bearable and that my car held up.
- Last month, I mentioned being thankful for my friend who gave me good car-related advice. Well it turns out my best Black Friday deal was his recommendation of a trusted mechanic to replace my car’s brakes. It was a costly repair but not as costly as it would have been if I had gotten the work done at the dealership where I purchased the car.
- I thank God for the work he’s doing in me, and I’m thankful that I can see it.
- I’m thankful for the health of my family members and for my own health. Health is so valuable and I’m praying that 2015 will bring more of the same. I’m also thankful for the resources and initiatives that this country’s health care system provides us to maintain our health.
- I’m thankful for the lessons I learned this year about friendships, and I look forward to the lessons I still need to learn (or relearn!).
- I appreciate you! Thank you for making time to read my blog posts. I hope to make it worth your time next year!
Merry Christmas! What are you thankful for today (or this month)?