November marks the beginning of my favorite time of year. After a day of candy-filled laughs and a costume held together by duck tape and a faulty safety pin, I dawn my Santa hat as soon as the clock strikes midnight on October 31. Don’t get me wrong, I love Halloween. But Thanksgiving and Christmas are my jam.
It’s so easy to get caught in a rut, to focus on the bad instead of good and ultimately give up on trying to find the happy in even the worst of situations. But November offers the perfect time to regroup; to stop, find yourself in the flurry of it all and tell yourself, “I, and every other human being, am worthy of love.”
Although it may seem silly, that’s really what this time of year is all about. We gather on Thanksgiving–sharing smiles and belly laughs between bites of buttery mashed potatoes and wholesome pumpkin pie–and on Christmas–sharing family traditions and watching little ones viciously tear open their presents, gasping in pure joy when they see that Santa has brought them the gift they’ve been asking for all year long–to spread love and happiness with one another.
To experience these moments is to be blessed, regardless of the little things that may have went wrong or the worries of what could happen tomorrow or the next day that cloud your mind. Ground yourself. Be in the moment. It’s not silly. Rejoice in all that Thanksgiving and Christmas have to offer, even if it means putting up with your mother-in-law’s annoying laugh for a few days or taking on the burden of cooking for 15 instead of four.
In the spirit of it all, I’d like to remind each and every reader how thankful I am for your continued support and attention each month. You all inspire me to bring you a heart-warming and meaningful magazine each month. Thank you.
Emily Shea, Editor