Tag: simple pleasures

I’ll have An Ordinary Christmas

I hope you are all having a wonderful day and Christmas week. I’m having a lovely week.  I love my trees this year.  I had a great time with the cookie swap and holiday baking.

swap

I had a great time with Scrooge Month and things have been going great at work.

So no complaints from this department!

But on the same breath there is something about this Christmas that just feels a little weird. To begin with I basically did no shopping.  I got my presents for my nieces from a listing I saw online. Look how freaking adorable they are.

presentsThen my presents for my parents were purchased online so the only shopping I did was on black Friday for my roommate and then to Kohls to get a gift for my sister in Japan.

I did a lot of other fun stuff this season.  Went to see the lights, tree of lifeI got to see old friends and make new friends.

old firends new friendsTomorrow I am going to see It’s a Wonderful Life at the theater which should be great and then will get our traditional German meal at a local deli.

So it’s all good things and I’m happy but it also feels kind of ordinary.  I’m not sure why.  I did a lot of really fun things but Christmas when you are a kid is so exciting and it is never quite the same as an adult (at least for me).  It’s more of a fun ordinary day.

Perhaps part of it is we still have to do laundry and go to work. It’s not like kids where they get the excitement of Christmas break and all those presents.  This year I have 1 present to open on Christmas Day.  I’m not complaining because I’m getting what I really want from my parents when they come to town on 29th but it just feels different.

treesI don’t want to make it sound like I’m sad because I’m not.  It’s simply more of a really fun ordinary day like 4th of July or Valentines Day when Christmas used to be so much more exciting than those holidays.  I’m not sure what I could have done to make it feel more special.  I think it is just part of becoming a grown up.

Either way I’m having a great week and can’t wait till New Years when my friend Julia (Sister Graves from my mission!) is coming to visit.  Now that seems special! So excited.

What do you guys think? Have you noticed the holidays feeling more ordinary despite being pleasant and fun? I probably sound like a Grinch but I’m not. I promise!

Merry Christmas!

fa ra ra raAlso the weather has been strange which I think has added to the odd Christmas vibes.  Just lots of rain. ‘I’m dreaming of a rainy Christmas’…

Simple Pleasures

President Joseph F. Smith said that seeking “to do well those things which God ordained to be the common lot of all man-kind, is the truest greatness. To be a successful father or a successful mother is greater than to be a successful general or a successful statesman.”

This is one of my favorite quotes because it reminds me that there is nobility in the small, simple acts of life.  There is a part of me that wants to be bold, brave and make an impact on the world.  I just have to remember that often that impact is felt by the simple and not the grand gestures.  The people that I most admire are the ones that lived quiet lives filled with love and service- grandparents, friends, parents etc.

I was thinking about some of the small activities that give me great joy.  I’d love for all of you to share some of your favorites as well.  These are in no particular order:

1. Reading a good book

2. Lazy conversations with friends and family- phone is great but in person even better.

3. A funny joke or story shared with a friend

4. Comics- Calvin and Hobbes, Dilbert and Peanuts are my favorite

5. Hugs from my nieces/nephew and siblings.

6. Morning scriptures and prayer

7. The mountains when they are clear and beautiful/The Ocean

8. The satisfaction of completing a task or job

9. Dinner/lunch with friends

10. Watching a good movie

11. Book clubs

12. NPR- especially Car Talk, Wait Wait and This American Life

13. Holidays

14. The comfort and security of being around loved ones

15. Fresh cut flowers- lilis and orchids are my favorite

16. Great music of all kinds

17. Cooking for myself or others

18. Singing particularly with my voice lessons

19. Shopping and finding a bargain

20. Finding the perfect gift for a friend or family member

So, I could go on and on.  The point is that I have much in my life to be grateful for and many happy, simple things that I can focus on doing well each day.