10 things to be thankful for this holiday season

rey gonzalez

 

The holiday season is upon us and I can't wait, it's one of the best times of the year. The noises, the smells, the lights, all get me excited about what is to come. Here the New in Lynchburg team has taken some time to look at all of the things we can be thankful for this holiday season.

1. Family

The holidays are always a time where we get together with family. We travel all across the country to be with the ones we love to celebrate family, faith, and all of the blessings we are given. Families can be tough sometimes, but let's all be a little more thankful for our families this year.

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2. Health

Our health is something we need to remember to be thankful for. There are many people who may not be able to celebrate the holidays like they want to because of their health problems. We often don't think about our health until something goes wrong, so remember to thank God for your health, your families health, and for healing us when we are sick.

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3. Country

We live in a great country. I would argue it's the best country in the world, and we should be proud of that. We have so much, and with all of that blessing, let us remember to not take it for granted. We have the privilege to give to others who may not have so much abundance. It's an awesome time of year to give back and to teach our children how to serve others. 

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4. Friends

Friends are the ones who are there for us when we can't be around our families for the holidays. They make us laugh, share meals with us and share life together with us. Remember to be thankful for friends this holiday season and thank them for being there for you this year.

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5. A Break

We all live stressful lives. It's so nice to be able to pause and take a break from everything to celebrate the holidays. Don't forget to allow your self time to recharge. With so many things going on during the holidays like travel, family, parties, presents and all the preparation, it can make things even more stressful. Make sure to take a breath, unwind and don't forget to have fun.  


6. Food

I love to eat, and I really enjoy eating all the tasty things served up during the holiday season. There is nothing like spending time with family over a nice holiday meal. All the meats, sides, desserts and treats make the holidays a special time to remember. Take time to give thanks for all of the abundance you have. 

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7. Job

We are blessed in this country to be able to work. So many times though, we let the stresses of life get to us. We find ourselves complaining about our work and we forget to be thankful for it. If you are blessed with a job, remember to give thanks that you have to opportunity to provide or contribute to your family. If you don't, be glad there is always opportunity in this country to get a job, and to live the dream and be able to do what you love.  

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8. Traditions

I love this time of year because it brings back so many memories of growing up. I can remember waking up Christmas morning and see the presents around the tree for the first time. I could wait until we went over my grandparents house to have a big breakfast and see everyone. Be thankful for all of the traditions your family has, and remember to take time to build new memories and make new traditions too. 

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9. Snow

Being from the Northeast, I have seen my fair share of snow. I do admit however that I can complain when we get too much. I have to shovel and clean off the cars. It can be stressful to worry about having enough gas and food and to make sure my family is safe. But once all that is taken care of, it's beautiful to see all of that white snow, especially around Christmas time. There is nothing like coming in from playing out in the snow and warming up by the fire with some hot chocolate.  

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10. Home

I love to see all of the decorations around the holidays. It really makes everything feel like home. The tree, the stockings, lights everywhere, it makes you feel nice and warm inside. Be thankful for a home to take care of, wherever it is. It's so nice to have a warm place to gather with family over the holidays. 

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We have so much to be thankful for. As you do your shopping, bake your pies and wrap your presents, don't forget to thank God for everything he has blessed you with this year. Merry Christmas to all of you from us at NewinLynchburg.com  

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