If y’all have been here for a while, you know that between the two Chicks, I’m the one who decorates her tree – with CHRISTMAS MUSIC TURNED UP TO ELEVEN – the day after Halloween. No lie. My tree was up on November 1st this year. And I’m not ashamed of it.
I let my freak flag FLY, baby.
Mock? She’s one of those “Imma maybe think about going to pick out a live tree the week before Christmas and then decorate it a few days before if I get around to it.” Just writing that last sentence gives me ALL THE ANXIETY OMG YOU HAVE NO IDEA.
Anywho, back to having my tree up at Thanksgiving and celebrating Christmas as early as humanly possible. I AM THAT PERSON. And I love Christmas and everything it represents – I love it for the family and the togetherness and the fact that it’s Jesus’ birthday and I just love all the feels that Christmas brings.
But most of all, I love that this time of the year is one when we should all remember how incredibly fortunate we are to live in this amazing country (we should be doing that ALL year ’round, but especially this time of year, amirite???). We all should be beyond grateful simply that we’re Americans…that we get to enjoy the creature comforts that we do. I remind my 9-year old on a regular basis that she is so very lucky to be an AMERICAN girl. If she lived in several other countries, she may not be able to go to school, she wouldn’t be able to swim, or drive a car one day, or speak her mind like she (and her Mama) does. I raise her to never take these things for granted, nor do I.
This video reminds me of that, and it’s one of my new favorites. I know it’s three years old, but it’s completely awesome. Major hat tip to Forest Hill Church in Charlotte, North Carolina:
So. Many. Gifts.
Hug and kiss all the folks – those precious gifts – you are with today, extra hard. And thank God for all your blessings. All you have to do is take a look around, y’all. They are plentiful.