One more sleep until Santa comes!!! Am I excited about opening presents? Yes! Am I looking forward to stuffing myself so full that I can’t move off the couch? Yes! But something else that is present every year seems to have come more to the forefront this time around, and that’s the fact that I’m feeling thankful.
Over the weekend, Southern Ontario was blasted with a winter storm that laid a heavy blanket of freezing rain over everything. We fared a lot better than some because we never lost power once, but there were over 300,000 people in the city of Toronto who lost power, and half of those are still without power today and may remain that way until this weekend. Now, think about that – tomorrow is Christmas day. Not only did Christmas shopping and other preparations come to a standstill over the weekend, but people now have no heat, no way to cook Christmas dinner, and some have family who couldn’t arrive because of flight cancellations across the country. As my hubby and I were waking up this morning, we heard on the news that two people have already died from carbon monoxide poisoning from leaving a gas generator running in their garage, and there have been other close calls as well because people are burning charcoal in their houses as well as barbecues. And they are calling for a deep freeze this weekend, so things can only get worse for the people still in the dark.
In light of this, I found myself thinking of how thankful I am on this Christmas Eve. The presents don’t matter and who cares whether we eat a turkey dinner or a pot of Kraft Dinner. What matters is that we are all safe and healthy. I am thankful for so many things. I am thankful that both of my sons are home with us for Christmas and that we have been enjoying wonderful family times together. I am very thankful that my parents arrived safely from Kingston, Ontario where the ice storm also wreaked havoc. It took them a couple of hours just to get the ice off of their car before they could even start their trip to our house. I am also extremely thankful that my oldest son and his girlfriend didn’t get hurt when they hit a patch of ice on the highway on Sunday and did a 360 in the middle of the road, only avoiding going into the ditch because of the amount of snow on the shoulder. In the spirit of Christmas, a man in a truck stopped and pulled them out, refusing to take any payment for his good deed.
To sum it up, I’m just thankful for everything and everyone in my life, and that’s what matters, not the commercialized craziness that Christmas has become. So, hug your loved ones and don’t take for granted how warm and toasty your home is and how delicious your hot turkey dinner is. Be thankful! Merry Christmas to all of my wonderful blogging friends who have seriously become like a second family to me. You make me smile every day and sometimes even bring tears to my eyes with the beauty of your writing and photographs. My life is better for knowing all of you :).
When I got home from work today I realized that I was all ready for Christmas, so I spent some time experimenting with my camera and my Christmas decorations. Here are a few of my favourites.