Hello, all. I hope you are enjoying this winter time. It is a rather bittersweet time for me, as I so enjoy Christmas, with all its traditions and Family time, and yet, the promise of Spring is just around the corner.
This specific time of year, before the middle of January hits, I am reminded of my childhood and a tradition that I and my siblings grew up grew up with, that seems to be all but lost in today’s world of technology. Text messages, instant messages, and Facebook postings seem to almost replace pen and paper, as well as actual human interaction. I must admit, at times, I am guilty of this, too.
I do hope this is just me and my observations, but, unfortunately, I’m afraid it has spread much further than just my little world. So, I have a question for you….. have you written your thank you cards yet? Do you know what I am talking about?
For some of the younger adults, reading this, you may not even know what I am talking about. I am certain, though that, at least people my age or older, will know all-too-well, what I am referring to.
This time of year, when I was growing up, was a time where our parents sat us down and reminded us how many people were so kind to us and how grateful we should be. (those who took the time to think about us, our likes and dislikes, went to the stores, or opened their checkbooks and their hearts, and brought or sent us something for Christmas)
But, more importantly, how we needed to let them know how appreciated they were for all their efforts. In a truly simple way.
Whether we had just received new stationery, that we were excited to use, or we needed to take a little of the “extra” cash that we had, we needed to sit down. Make time, and write a letter, not a long, gushing letter. Just a note. A few lines at least, to thank them for what they did or gave.
I don’t know why this seems to be a lost tradition. Many parents aren’t able to take time to do this with their children as much, I’m sure. But, there is a level of priority needed. Maybe today’s world of dual-income families, or single moms and dads, raising children on their own. limits our time.
However, we do seem to make time for “me time,” “date night,” “kid time,” even “God time,” I hope that we are also able to make, “gratitude time” important once again. It takes effort. It takes time. It shows kindness. It shows Love. It shows that we care. It says, what you did for me matters.
Just a little food for thought as you and your children are receiving special parcels and money holding cards to celebrate Christ’s birthday.
My hope is that both you and I spend a little more time being grateful for the abundance of love and kindness that we have received from others.
Many Blessing to you all for a wonderful, spirit-filled week.
Theresa L Begin lives in Northern California, where she was born and raised. She is a
Christian who loves her family and says, “I have been blessed with the world’s best
parents!” She has three sisters and one brother, as well as 16 beautiful nieces and
nephews who “mean the world to me!” She is “differently-abled,” and chooses not to allow
her limitations to define her life. She loves to write and share her various projects on her
blog, “Shoestring Elegance,” which came about as she discovered that living on a tight
budget did not mean compromising on style. “Nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37