Since today is Black Friday, I need to get ready for Christmas!
There is something to be grateful for. There is something in your life that is good and a blessing from above. Even when life seems to be holding you down, even when nothing seems to be going your way – STOP and count your blessings. STOP and realize how much you have to be thankful for. They may be little things, but little things add up.
I say all this because on the surface level, this hasn’t been the greatest year for me. It seems nothing has gone my way, and if it wan’t for my faith, I don’t know where I would be. It would be so easy to let that negativity snowball, but if instead we counted our blessings and not our problems, we may notice that our blessings outweigh our problems… by miles!!
So, in the words of my friend Jesus, “What am I thankful for? There’s so much, where do I start?”
What are you thankful for?
I love February 2. Not because I care about whether or not that silly little rodent sees his shadow or not. I love today because of a tradition I have done since I first bought the movie. Every Groundhog Day I watch Groundhog Day starring Bill Murray. I love this movie, but it get me thinking everytime I see it.
Do you feel like you’ve lived this day a hundred times before?
I think our lives are a closer reflection of Groundhog Day than any of us are willing to admit. Day in an day out, we get up, go to work, we eat at generally the same places, we come home and watch tv or just hang out with the same people talking about the same things.
I don’t think that Groundhog Day was trying to say that we are boring people that need to change every facet of our lives. But instead take a hard look at our lives and realize how much we are scared of leaving our comfort zone. How afraid of opening up and enjoying the simpler things in life. Taking the time to learn and do things, build deeper relationships with people, and live life more full.
I think that is the lesson we need to take from this movie. We have so much more time than we think than we do and if we try a little harder and learn to use it more wisely our lives will be richer and fuller than we could have ever hoped.
Angels we Heard on High- Committed
Away in a Manger- Steven Curtis Chapman
Blue Chrsitmas- Elvis
Caroling, Caroling- Nat King Cole
Christmas/Sarajevo- Trans-Siberian Orchestra
The Christmas Song- Nat King Cole
Deck the Halls- Twisted Sister
Do You Hear What I Hear- Carrie Underwood
Feliz Navidad- Jose Feliciano
First Noel- Josh Groban
Frosty the Snowman- Gene Autry
God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen- Nat King Cole
Grandma Got Ran Over by a Reindeer- Elmo & Patsy
Happy XMas (War is Over)- John & Yoko
Hark! The Harold Angels Sing!- Nat King Cole
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas- Frank Sinatra
Heavy Metal Christmas- Twisted Sister
Here Comes Santa Clause- Doris Day
Holly Jolly Christmas- Faith Hill
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Clause- Jimmy Boyd
I’ll Be Home For Christmas- Michael Buble
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas- Johnny Mathis
Jingle Bells- Brian Seltzer
Jingle Bell Rock- Michael Bolton
Joy to the World- Mannheim Steamroller
Let it Snow- Michael Buble
Linus and Lucy- Vince Guaraldi Trio
Little Saint Nick- Beach Boys
Little Drummer Boy- Josh Groben
Mele Kalikimaka- Bing Crosby
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays- NSYNC
Mistletoe- Colbie Caillat
The Most Wonderful Time of the Year- Andy Williams
O Come All Ye Faithful- Martina McBride
O Come O Come Emmanuel- David Crowder
O Holy Night- Kelly Clarkson
O Tannenbaum- Nat King Cole
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree- Brenda Lee
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer- Gene Autry
Santa Baby- Taylor Swift
Santa Claus is Coming to Town- Eleventh Hour
Silent Night- Ben Rector
Silver Bells- Tony Bennett
Sleigh Ride- Andy Williams
We Three Kings- Sufjan Stevens
We Wish you a Merry Christmas- Kenny G
What Child is This?- Josh Groban
White Christmas- The Drifters
Winter Wonderland- Tony Bennett
Wizards in Winter- Trans-Siberian Orchestra
As you can probably tell from this list, I have a rather diverse taste in music. I tried to keep repeats in artist down to a minimum, but there are some artists I just like better than others. I hope your favorite is on here, and maybe there may be a couple of new favorites.
Happy Thanksgiving. Laugh Out Loud. Love. Enjoy life. And most importantly- be grateful, because what if you woke up today with the only things that you thanked God for yesterday?
The cost of Freedom is ALWAYS paid with blood.
Thank you to all the the vets and fallen soldiers. Our freedom was paid with your blood, and we can never thank you enough for that.
Happy Memorial Day