Sunday, December 25, 2011

Time of Gratitude

We have a small group that gathers at our home for Christmas:  four adults, two teen-agers.  Instead of buying and giving gifts, we each have an amount of money  ($100 for adults, $50 for teens) that we donate to someone in need (a charity, a rescue group, a person, the choice is left to the giver). 

On Christmas Eve, rather than tearing into a pile of presents, we gather in the living room and take turns sharing our selection with the group:  who we chose and why.  We've done this for the last four years, and none of us would consider doing anything differently.

My daughter included the following poem with her gift this year.

Be Thankful

Be thankful that you don't already have everything you desire,
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?

Be thankful when you don't know something
For it gives you the opportunity to learn.

Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.

Be thankful for your limitations
Because it they give you opportunity for improvement.

Be thankful for each new challenge
Because it will build your strength and character.

Be thankful for your mistakes
They will teach you valuable lessons.

Be thankful when you're tired and weary
Because it means you've made a difference.

It is easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are
also thankful for the setbacks.

GRATITUDE can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles
and they can become your blessings.

Skagit Leeks will return on January 2 ... (1-2-12) 


  1. A wonderful poem--and Mick and I are thankful indeed that we have wonderful people like you and RG in our lives. Merriest of Christmases and Happiest of New Year's!

  2. What a nexcellent poem and a brilliant idea about giving money to charity instead of giving gifts.

  3. Great poem. She should have that published.

  4. Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem. I agree with FoA about publishing. And my admiration to your family for sharing your love with those in need.

  5. Can your daughter tie knots? I'll be in the market for an able bodied seaman in five years or so. I'm sure that with the training she has recieved aboard your 30 footer she's more than ready to step up from "ordinary seaman". If she is as pleasant to be with as her writing suggests, I want her aboard.

  6. Absolutely wonderful! Love this!
    I'm thankful for you and the smile you bring to my face every day!