May the mediation of my heart be pleasing.  Satisfy me in the morning with your unfailing love so I may sing for joy and be glad.

Have you ever considered Reflection as a Christmas tradition?  The season of Advent is wrapped up in the concept of pondering, thinking carefully and contemplating; yet how often do we deliberately take the time to do this.  In the hustle and bustle of shopping and planning and baking and wrapping and going on sleigh rides (more about that later!) and other such fun stuff how often do we just sit? How often do we reflect?

Reflection includes everything from listing the things we are most thankful for (such a great photography, nature, park benches and tea) to celebrating small (and large) successes.  As we meditate and reflect, we gain perspective, an attitude of gratefulness and often a clear mind from which to pursue even greater thankfulness and success.

Now I promised this blog would be fun – so short of posting the “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” song, here are some fun things to do to prepare for Christmas!

  1. Listen to Christmas Music – (lots on the radio) or grab some old fashioned CDs – Music
  2. Drive around looking at Christmas lights
  3. Watch a Christmas Movie – need suggestions?
  4. Open one small gift
  5. Build a Snowman or make a Snow Angel
  6. Curl up by the fireplace with a good book – Fireplace
  7. Bake or buy delicious cookies
  8. Call up a good friend and go out for a peppermint latte

If you can, take a minute this morning as you prepare for work or play to grab a cup of coffee or tea (or hot chocolate with marshmallows – it is Christmas after all) and take a moment to reflect.