This December I'm participating in An Advent of Gratitude to help remind me of the gifts I already have, what I often take for granted, and what I can and should be grateful for.
Christmas is finally here. I hope your day is filled with friends, food, and meaningful activities. And presents.
Today is also the accounting day for my Advent of Gratitude challenge. When I started at the beginning of the month I had no idea how the 24 simple prompts could open my eyes to all of the everyday blessings I have in my life. As the directions specified I added up the money I contributed each day; it came to $68.00!
I sent the proceeds (along with a little bit extra I'm throwing in) to the Circle of Concern food pantry, which serves clients that live in the three West County-area school districts closest to my house. At the suggestion of the Advent of Gratitude Facebook page I included a copy of the daily prompts along with my check.
Even after sending that donation off in the mail I had a little bit of money left over. I read in the newspaper that the Salvation Army was behind on their red kettle goals this year, so the other day while I was out shopping I dropped my extra money off with a bell ringer. This time I didn't provide an explanation.
Five years ago today: From Our House To Yours