The 5 Paragraph Blog: Welcome to December!

Are you listening? Do you see the decorations gaily twinkling from windows all around you? How about the streets of the town or city you live in? There is just something fantastic about this time of year! no matter what you believe, it can be hard to resist the lure and promise to spread a little joy. Sure, we have a lot of commercialism, but I won’t let that get me down! It’s a great excuse to try new and old recipes, find out more about those who are around you (Can we say gift giving?!), and being inspired to give a helping hand.

One of the things I just love this time of year is that even people who do not normally bake are suddenly breaking out these amazing recipes! Everything from cookies and pies to more complex recipes that can go beyond your oven. This is a time of year where the gift of a plateful of goodies is really appreciated. Heck, I’ll take them any time of the year! Not only that, the opportunity to do something fun and tasty with your family can bring such joy to my heart.

Now, we all know the stores want you to buy, buy, buy from them! Maybe the commercialism really bugs you to no end. However, this should not stop us from reaching out to old and new friends and just find out what they like. What are their passions? Do they have a huge need for new socks? One does not need to spend a lot of money in order to spend the time to get to know others better and find ways to show them loving kindness. The biggest gifts don’t always hit your pocket books. it hits the heart.

Now getting to know others and finding out what they like and need easily transitions into giving them a helping hand. Give your time to others. But, don’t put an end to it once Christmas day has passed and you are gearing up to rock the upcoming New Year. Make a point to help one another. There is so much you can do, so get out there and do it!

You know, I did not expect the Season to hit me so strongly so early. it usually takes until the middle of December. But, I came home from Church and my amazing hubby had put up the tree. He knew I really wanted to get it done and with a new job starting the next day, I would probably have difficulty getting such things done during the week. It was his thoughtful act of service that just brought me such joy I wanted to dance and sing carols right away. Not to mention bake some cookies, reach out to others, and help out in any way I could. Tis the season to be Merry!

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