In my morning reflections I found myself thinking about this calendar. Each person on this calendar has affected my life in different ways--often significantly. And as I move through life on a day-to-day basis, I don't acknowledge this in ways that I would like. Then came my brainstorm--why not write letters of gratitude each day of advent to the people on my card (as well as a few others who are not represented on this calendar)? This practice will keep me focused on gratitude in a season that often focuses on excess, and will allow me to express it. AND it can replace the Christmas cards that I often hurriedly put together.
So, each day, starting with yesterday, when I was the recipient, I am writing 1-2 letters to friends, family and significant others, to show them ways that I am grateful for them being in my life. What a better way to enter into this holiday season?