Thursday, December 29, 2011

Day 3: Happiness

This is part of an ongoing (non-consecutive) photo series called the 30-Day Gratitude Photo Challenge. 

Happiness. 

Christmas.  

Family. 

Home.


When I want to think of happy thoughts I close my eyes and think of Christmas in the Philippines and how my mother always went out of her way to make it special for us.



A beautifully-decorated tree.

Lots of presents!

Mouth-watering food.

Decadent desserts.


Even though the country was considered third-world and very poor by world standards, everyone pretty much gave gifts to everyone they knew. 

You can be 75 years old and still have lots of presents to open!

'Lack' was never a word to describe a celebration of the birth of Jesus.

Laughter. Fellowship. Love. Friendships.

Today, I am so grateful that my family and culture set a unique standard on the celebration of Christmas. What a blessing to be able to bring it to another country. 


It is also such a joy to experience a different way of embracing the season here in the United States.

Fresh trees. Ornaments in every imaginable shape and color. Hot spiced cider. Snow. Fireplace.


Happiness is Christmas.


Thank You, Father, how You remained with me throughout this holiday season. 
You are my source of joy. 
It is always an honor to celebrate Your birth.
 

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