I’m not sure what it is about the Christmas season, but I always feel a sense of gratitude. Being grateful for health, family and the many other blessings we have in life. We should of course be thankful for everyday of our lives and make the most of them all year round. But something about Christmas brings out the best of people. Maybe it’s the reason for the season, maybe its because Christmas is about Jesus and the love he showed when he died for us. I like to think thats why people start being kinder and more loving to one another.
On the flip side, Christmas can be hard for some people. It can be tough as Christmas time is about family and love, and some people don’t have that. For todays Blogmas post I thought we could talk about how we can be more grateful this Christmas, and how we can be truly thankful for the life we are living.
FOCUS ON BEING THANKFUL
Do this alone or with others, simply write a list of 10 things that you are thankful for this year. You’ll probably notice as you write you will think of even more things, maybe more than 10. I like to do this every now and then, even not at Christmas. Its a great reminder and creates time for us to reflect on the true blessings we have in life.
If you have been blessed this year, then it’s only right to bless others. Do a random act of kindness or put together some gifts for others. Do something out of the ordinary.
ENJOY THE TIME OFF
If you are lucky enough to get time off of work or school at Christmas then make sure you appreciate it. It can be so hard to switch off sometimes even if you have time away. But try to leave the work at work. Enjoy the time you have with family or loved ones and actually be present in the moment. We often forget how important this is. Our life is consumed by work, but over the holiday season we need to switch off and enjoy the time we have been given.
DO SOMETHING KIND
I know one way that helps humble me and make me feel grateful for what I have is giving back to those who are less fortunate. We should help out the in need communities. I think at Christmas there should be more of an emphasis on doing this at Christmas too. Invite people to your house (If at the time your local social distancing allows) who would usually be alone during the holiday period.
I know over the Holidays it can be hard for older people who may not have family to celebrate with. Reach out to those people and make them feel included. Help out at your local homeless shelter and give back to your community.
How do you practice gratitude over the holiday season? How do you give back?
I hope this post made an emphasis that we have so much to be thankful for all year round, not just at Christmas. It’s not just about gifts and material items, but the connections and time we put aside for the people we love and care about.
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I prefer goodie human beings in years and hard times more than goodie Xmas human beings as falling stars in the universe. Take care and happy weekend Olivia. Kisses from Madrid 🙂
Yes! We need more well rounded, good, kind human beings all year!
Great post. It is true we have to remember how much we have to be grateful for even in this time of pandemic and natural disasters and express gratitude to others. Thanks Olivia.
For sure! we need love and support from each other no matter the time of year because we have all been through it!
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🙂 Focusing on being thankful certainly works for me, Olivia.
Do have yourself a wonderful weekend!
You too! Thanks for reading 🙂
Wonderful post…indeed we have to be greatful for what we have and looking at our community there are many people in need of inviting them to spend this holidays time with….Thanks for reminding Olivia
We really do! Its easy to forget how good we have it sometimes!
God bless you and thank you for this clarity along with your charity!
“Maybe it’s the reason for the season, maybe it’s because Christmas is about Jesus and the love he showed when he died for us. I like to think that’s why people start being kinder and more loving to one another.”
Yes, I agree with what you say about Jesus! Unfortunately that message has been lost to many individuals in today’s modern designer materialistic, self-focused world via the over commercialization and sensationalism of material consumerism feeding ino whatever people can make a buck, pound or bitcoin on.
Our lives should be perpetually a work and act of faith in Him by our expression of love and thanks to Him for what He has done for us; giving any who will believe in Him the pathway to everlasting true and complete blissful life.
Waking each day thanking Him for another day which is another opportunity to try doing better than previously as we do our best to live in accordance with God’s will while on earth; following Jesus Christ and taking up our own personal crosses thankfully! To me this is what Christmas is all about. Amen.
Jesus answered, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III
Thank you so much for sharing this Lawrence!
You’re Very welcome Olivia! Thank you for this excellent presentation and bringing this clear perspective to the fore! God bless you and yours! Christmas is most precious and all the abundant good that was made possible by His birth and gift to us who will believe, because of God’s love for us!! But the choice is left to us to make for ourselves, nothing is forced about it! Amen.
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Hi Olivia, you and I are on the same page this week, as my blog post was also about gratitude and kindness. It’s wonderful to meet other bloggers who think like I do! Enjoy he weekend! 🌞
Oh really! I’ll go check it out🤗
Most definitely!! Thank you for sharing : )
Thanks so much for reading! 🙂
I think sometimes the concentration on gifts has us forgetting what matters. Lovely post.
Gratitude is THE most important thing for a successful life in my opinion 🙌👌
Another great post! I definitely agree that Christmas is the perfect time to be grateful for your loved-ones and the things you have. It’s a great time to give to others as well. I will be thinking of some ways my family can safely give this year amid the pandemic.
I loved this. I recently have been feeling down. I started thinking of what I was thankful for and there’s a lot! It’s so easy to forget and sink into my thoughts of what I lost. Thank you for sharing!
Aw im so sorry to hear that and hope you feel better soon. Try writing it down too if you haven’t already! It really puts things into perspective
Good read. Thanks.