The holiday season is in full swing! I particularly love the December holiday season which brings back great memories of wonderful family traditions. Christmas Eve is the big December holiday for my family. It is when our family gathers together to exchange gifts, eat and have fun. Christmas is typically our day to relax and recover from the night before. This year, Christmas takes on a bigger meaning because we will be celebrating the first birthday of my niece born on Christmas Day 2009.
In December 2010, Gypsy World Spice Cafe will focus on both traditional and contemporary recipes that highlight the holiday spices. The recipes will continue to focus on things that you can make (or take) for holiday entertaining (along with recipes that save time because you are busy with all the tasks that the holidays season brings with it). I’m really excited about all the research for this month’s spice article and the recipes that I plan to post throughout the month.
This past Thanksgiving, we went away to see family. On the drive back home, I was thinking about the holidays and realized that it is very interesting how the Thanksgiving theme is a natural transition into the December holidays. Thanksgiving reminds us to be grateful for all of the people and events that have made an impact on our lives while the December holidays provide opportunities to appreciate everything that we are grateful for.
What is the difference between being grateful and being appreciative? Well, being appreciative is very similar to being grateful. The big difference is that being appreciative is the act of fully recognizing what you are grateful for (versus just saying you are thankful). As the old saying goes, ”Actions speak louder than words”.
It dawned on me that New Years ties it all together. Could it be that all of these opportunities we have to be grateful and appreciative for are actually helping us define what our 2011 goals should be?
Hmmm. Now that’s a thought…
Have a great holiday season!