I needed to decompress today. For some reason putting up my Christmas Tree sounded relaxing...I don't know why. It was a relaxing, enjoyable and wonderfully decompressing experience that melted away the stress that real estate tends to create in my life.
As I put individual ornaments on the tree I strolled down memory lane remembering the significance of many of the ornaments. Many of them my children had made over the years, others were gifts from special friends, many were given by my husbands students and there were those my husband and I purchased that we felt had meaning for our family.
I was a little sad at first that my kids are grown changing Christmas quite a bit, but it's exciting the way my children love each other, stay in touch and so look forward to coming home to be together over the holidays. Also, my grandchild is bringing back the excitement that young children bring to the holidays and in 2010 I will be blessed with another Gatti grandchild.
I counted so many blessings today while putting up my tree. Several of the ornaments reminded me of the very lean years when we were lucky to have one gift for each child under the tree. It's good to look back at where we've been. It gives me an appreciation for what I have, and where I am now. It also reminds me that it's the relationships with friends and family that makes the holidays fun and special.
I don't usually put my tree up until the day after Thanksgiving, but felt motivated to put it up early and start celebrating. I have so much to be thankful for. Active Rain has been a big part of my success this year and I would like to say thank you to each and every Active Rainer. May God bless you with every good and perfect gift this holiday season.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Gatti Family