Maintaining gratefulness throughout the holidays

By Daniel Morgan, Editor

The last Thursday in November reminds us all to be grateful for what and who we have in our lives, but why do we forget about it once it’s over?

Right after shopping starts on Thanksgiving and Black Friday, many a thanks go out the window as we buy presents while expecting to receive some of the same value or greater in return.

This Christmas, let us take some time to recapture gratefulness.

Think about this: how many times have you opened a present, saw its contents, and felt a little underwhelmed because it’s just not something you want, need, or expect. We act pleasantly surprised, throw out a “Thank you,” or “You shouldn’t have,” and move on.

We’re all guilty of it, but what’s worse is how some tend to revisit these thoughts.

“I can’t believe I spent so much money on them, and all I get is this in return,” is a phrase that comes to mind. Sometimes we feel entitled to things instead of focusing on the fact that someone just gave us a gift under no obligation.

For some, Christmas means another holiday to empty wallets. But it’s supposed to be about spreading happiness, love, and generosity to our loved ones and community.

While many of us get grumpy because we didn’t get the right sweater or crock pot, others are just thankful for a warm meal at the local soup kitchen.

If and when you receive presents this holiday season, be grateful for them and for those who thought well enough of you to gift you something special. As cliche as the truth sounds, “It’s the thought that counts.”

Also, as shopping will still be wild the days after Christmas, be thankful for the retail employees who are working to serve you. A plethora of returns take place on Dec. 26, so patience and gratitude go a long way.

I wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and a safe holiday season. Presents are nice, as is the food coming your way, but be sure to take a moment to give thanks for who and what you have.

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