Here it is the first of December. How grateful I am that I no longer feel I have to measure up to some artificial holiday standard. Thankfully, I've outgrown that (for the most part, at least).
I no longer feel I have to decorate the house. I'll try to keep it clean and call it good.
I no longer feel I have to make holiday shaped cookies. I'll make a pan of lemon bars.
I no longer feel I have to attend every concert and party. I'll go to those that are meaningful to me and my family.
I no longer feel I have to make every Christmas present. I'll tell my friends and family that someone made it, even if that someone is a worker at a factory.
What is important to me?
Choosing the right Christmas card for family members and friends and including a hand-written note.
Showing my visiting teaching ladies that I love them.
Mailing packages to my far-away grandsons.
Attending church services with my husband.
So, for today, I am grateful for the freedom to choose.