This Christmas, my family and I started a new tradition we call The 12 Days of Christmas. Each day for twelve days starting December 26, we give a gift to someone we appreciate to let them know that they make a difference in our lives.
I believe appreciation is one of the best gifts you can give someone. Most people are surprised or even shocked to be recognized for their efforts or to know that they are valued and treasured. On the other hand, It feels good to tell people that you value them and that they are important to you and this gives you the opportunity to do it.
This tradition is also a way that I can teach my children about gratitude and that Christmas is not just about receiving presents. They get to see how the unexpected act of kindness, acknowledgement and appreciation touches people’s hearts.
One woman who who works at the YMCA was deeply touched by our gift of appreciation. She told me that no one ever says thank you or tells her how much they appreciate her. I could see that our gratefulness lifted her spirits and made her feel that all her hard work is worthwhile because it does make a difference to someone.
The gift this year from our hearts and our hands- my homemade rustic rye bread. My boys and I made it with love and their own little hands.
I believe we are here on this earth to connect with people, to make a difference in each other’s lives. I believe in every relationship, expressing your love and appreciation only creates more love and appreciation. This is one way to reach out and to create more love in the world. So let someone know that you appreciate them and you will be making the world a better place.
(Even if you did not get the gift of appreciation from me, just know that I still truly do appreciate you.)
Thank you for reading my blog; with Gratitude and Appreciation,
Your Sensible Girlfriend