Thursday, November 27, 2008

THANKSGIVING BLESSINGS!!


This week I have been fortunate enough to have the entire week off from work for the first time in my working career. That in itself is something to be thankful for. While on hiatus from the daily grind of career life, I promised myself that I would take some downtime and just sit and watch tv for a change at least one of those days. In the world of satellite tv there is much to choose from but I resorted back to the days of watching daytime drama! (Okay...I admit it...I'm a CBS daytime drama junkie!!! BUT...watching the soaps now is few & far between.) And even with being away from the storylines & characters for awhile, it didn't take long for me to catch up on the million episodes I've missed since I last watched.

But in watching I had forgotten that one of the things I loved about the soaps was the holiday season, especially around the time of Thanksgiving & Christmas because in the midst of the latest mid-life crisis, forbidden affairs, etc, for a few days during this time a year, the soaps really play up the holidays. This week I was privy to the 'special' monologues on each CBS daytime drama by the given designated daytime patriarch expressing with heartfelt gratitude for the many blessings in their lives and reminding all fellow castmates of how much they have to be thankful for.



As I watched, it occurred to me that never once in all these years had I actually taken the time on the very day designated for counting our blessings to do just that. I realized that the days leading up to the holiday are filled with preparation. The holiday itself is filled with the hustle bustleness from visiting one place and then another, eating, sharing with loved ones, eating some more, and then winding down too full & too tired to ponder much of anything.

But then something within me clicked! As Thanksgiving Day unfolds before our eyes each year, so do the many blessings that grace our lives not just on this day but every day.
  • The blessings of family joined around a table.

  • The blessings of watching our children in amazement at how much older they look this year than last.

  • The blessings of eating a big meal that was prepared with love and the appreciation that there was a big meal to eat.

  • The blessings of putting away the laptop, cell phones, text messaging, etc and spending real quality time with family if for only but one day every year.

  • The blessings of receiving a phone call from loved ones who's presence is missed around the dinner table and yet knowing that they are with us in spirit.

  • The blessings of sending greetings to close friends wishing them a Happy Thanksgiving and feeling so lucky to have people in our lives we can call friends

  • The blessings of celebrating a birthday on this special holiday and feeling exceptionally twice blessed by having two reasons to celebrate on the same day!

  • The blessings of health, live, love & happiness.

  • The blessings of knowing that no matter how tough things may seem for our country that for one day we are given the opportunity to come together and celebrate despite it all.

  • The blessings of being able to carry out continued traditions & being able to create new ones.

  • The blessings of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Once I began really thinking about all the many blessings that have graced my life both past & present, it didn't take long to realize I have much to be thankful for. God has been so very good to me. I couldn't ask for better children, a better family, better friends, a better place to live, and the list goes on and on. I have been blessed far more richly than I deserve!


And so as this Thanksgiving Day winds down, I'm grateful for everything and above all, thankful for being given the wonderful life I've had the privledge of living to this point.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING ALL!!












Thursday, November 6, 2008

THE HOLIDAYS ARE HERE!! :)



It's that wonderful time of year! Yes...it's hard to believe but the holidays are upon us.


When it comes to this time of year, I'm like a little kid on the inside. It never fails when I hear that first Christmas song of the season, the excitement swells within me allowing the nostalgia of the season to set in.


Speaking of Christmas songs, I have a confession to make. I've been listening to Christmas music since late July...(well...not every day or anything, but just here & there until I felt it was absolutely acceptable & permissible!!!) And yes, the time has finally come! As far as I'm concerned the coast is clear now & anytime after Halloween is fair game! Bring on the Christmas music!!! I own my own radio station called Jukebox Junction Radio (the name changed to Jukebox Christmas Radio for the holiday season). Since about mid-September I have been working to get my Christmas library of music uploaded to the station. You would think by now I would be sick of hearing the same songs over and over. But not so. I made myself refrain from playing it full-on until it was absolutely acceptable & permissible!!! If anything, I've merely been teasing myself which in turn has only made me want to break all the rules and begin playing Christmas music a lot sooner than is absolutely acceptable & permissible!!! As I sit here on this gorgeous Fall day that holds multi-colored leaves against a bright, beautiful backdrop of our famous Carolina blue skies and a temperature of about 75 degrees, it is hard to believe that we are officially in the holiday season and Thanksgiving is just two short weeks away. It feels more like Spring than Fall no doubt! But I won't allow that to dampen my Christmas spirit! I have my Christmas music playing & I'm thinking about the Christmas gifts I am currently working on that will hopefully make friends & loved ones smile when opened on Christmas Day. (As I get them completed I'll be posting them here for all to see.)
This is without a doubt my favorite time of year and the music of the season is a wonderful enhancement to it all! Since launching my Christmas station last weekend, already I'm finding out that I'm not the only one in Christmas mode. Listeners have flocked to my station in full force & I couldn't be happier! So if you need a little pick me up or nudge to get in the holiday spirit, head on over and take a listen. I guarantee you even the biggest of Scrooges couldn't help but smile at some of the great holiday music playing!


I guess it goes without saying that there are many of us who really start to get in the Christmas spirit immediately following Halloween each year! And from the looks of things over at Jukebox Christmas Radio, I don't have to feel guilty any longer. Maybe I'll start pulling out my Christmas decorations.....HMMMMM!