So I’ve been thinking . . . about simple things that make me happy, you know, those little things that make you make smile at random. And in a moment, you are happy.
I found an old photo of me at three years old reading . . . well, pretending to read. Look at that face—I’m so excited! And I still feel that same way about reading. Full disclosure: I put the photo on my phone because every time I see it, it makes me smile.
Unpacking Christmas decorations, I found my cheap drugstore plastic snow globe that plays Christmas tunes and swirls “snow” around with a push of a button. I don’t know why, but this thing makes me smile so big, you’d think I won the lottery. I push the button every morning when I get up and listen to whatever Christmas tune plays and watch the snow whirl around.
It’s rare that I get any letters or cards in the mail. Who does these days? So it really makes me happy when I get a surprise in the mail. My friend’s daughter sent me her school picture and an awesome drawing of a plane she made just for me. Totally made my day!
What simple things make you happy?
I’ve been reading . . . Christmas books. I finished Winter Street and Winter Stroll both by Elin Hilderbrand. These Christmas books are pretty quick reads. I’m now reading Louisa May Alcott’s A Merry Christmas and Other Christmas Stories. I forgot how much I loved Little Women and what a great writer Alcott is. There is a line in one of the stories, Kate’s Choice, I love: “Now and then one of her sons would pay her a hasty visit and all sent gifts of far less value to her than one loving look, one hour of dutiful, affectionate companionship.” Captures what really matters not just at Christmas but in life.
I’ve been watching . . . LifetimeHallmarkVeryMerryChristmasWishProposalPrincessGiftOrnamentHopeMiracleWedding. Yep, just as I read schmaltzy Christmas books this time of year, I am a sucker for those sappy Lifetime and Hallmark holiday movies. You know the ones, right? The totally unrealistic ones where the girl meets boy over some crazy holiday mishap and then they fall in love and live happily ever after. Those ones. There’s just nothing better than watching those movies by the fire on my comfy couch in the living room, usually with some tea, hot chocolate, or wine and popcorn. This time of year it’s “legal” to indulge in my sappy pleasures.
I’ve been listening to . . . Sarah McLachlan’s album Wintersong. It’s time to break out the Christmas music.