Grateful snowflake

 

I’ll be honest.  This is my favorite time of year.  Why?  I think the answer to that question has evolved as I’ve gotten older.  As a kid, it meant that Hanukkah and then Santa.  It meant presents, candy, caroling, and winter break.  Of course, I wrote thank you notes for my gifts, but as kids are wont to do, it’s easy to get caught up in a sudden toy windfall.  In my ripe old age (ok, ok.  I’m thirty.  Until the 28th.), I think that it’s one part the spirit of the season that seems to resonate strongly wherever I go (people seem nicer, festive atmospheres abound, etc.), and two parts family.

 

grateful christmas

 

Now, as my extended family has grown and my grandparents have become migratory in the winter, the holidays have taken on a very different slant.  I’m lucky enough to have a very large and very close extended family.  At the center of the universe that is my family, are my grandparents.  They head to Florida for the winter, but return for Christmas, and this is the last time we get to see them (unless we can take vacation) until they return in the spring.

For me, this means that I have to cram in as many Scrabble games with my grandmother as possible.  Last year, this evolved into a team match, with three teams of two.  Trash was talked.  Alliances were made.  Everyone was against me and my teammate (I’m a Scrabble maniac). It was the most fun I’d had in a while.  It’s times like that I sometimes just stop and take stock of my life.  I am so profoundly grateful for all that I have and with whom I have to share it with.

 

thankful for others at christmas

 

This holiday, I plan to once again focus more on the company I keep throughout the season.  I hope you’ll take some time to do so, as well.  WeGush is so pleased to announce that we have further expanded our holiday offerings! I’ve included a preview in this post with some of my absolute favorites! Whether you’re on iOS or Android, we hope you will share them with those you love, those you appreciate, and those you just want to give a shout-out to.  You’ll see a couple of my favorites involve snow, which is something we are sorely lacking here in unseasonably warm Boston. Fingers crossed for some New Year’s skiing, nonetheless.  Merry everything, everyone!

 

Grateful holiday