Today we celebrate Christ’s birth, and as part of doing so, I’m keenly aware of how blessed I am. Thanks in part to coupons, we are able to eat well and have a full pantry—many will be hungry today. We have a warm and loving family and sweet group of friends—many will be alone today. We were able to talk to family as far away as India and the Czech Republic today because of technology—many do not have clean water, heat sources, or electricity. We have a ridiculous amount of gifts that we have opened today—many will not be able to provide for their families. We work in fields that matter, making a difference to those we serve, and are able to provide for our growing family as a result—many are homeless or without work…. I could go on and on with this list, reflecting on the many, many ways we are blessed. Maybe even more than at Thanksgiving, Christmas always fills me with a feeling of overwhelming gratefulness. It inspires me to do better, be better, help more, give more freely, love more deeply, and while I know this sounds cheesy to some who are reading this, it will hit home for others of you. If so, I hope you’ll join me in finding ways now and in the upcoming year to be a blessing in the lives of others, whether it be through couponing, volunteering, teaching, or in some other way.
Merry Christmas to each of you, and many blessings now and always!