Part 1 - Black Friday
Don’t get caught up in the Christmas marketing schemes. NO you don’t have to have to buy everything everyone on your list wants. When it’s time to make a purchase stop for 30 seconds and think about the size of the credit card bill that will be coming in January.
If it is customary for you to buy gifts for each member of your extended family, plus all your neighbors and friends, maybe it’s time to create a new tradition and stop the madness. If may be hard to tell family, friends and neighbors that you are cutting back on Christmas spending but your wallet (and your family, friends and neighbors) will thank you later.
Part 2 – Giving Thanks
Most families will begin their Thanksgiving meal with a blessing then one by one each will share what they are thankful for.
What happens the other 364 days? Don’t we all have at least one thing to be thankful for each day?
Being consciously grateful helps you discover what you take for granted – job, freedom, even the very air you breathe … the list can go on and on. In your evening prayers and reflection, be sure to thank God for the things you were grateful for that day, even the little things that sometimes we forget about.
One idea to help you reflect on those thank-able events is to keep a Gratitude Journal and write down the things that you are grateful for each day. Or, keep the Thanksgiving tradition alive and have each person at the dinner table share what they were thankful for that day.
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