My favorite Christmas movie of all time is White Christmas. Call me corny but I love everything about it. The era, the clothes, Vera Ellen's dancing, Rosemary Clooney's singing, Bing and Danny. Sigh. It's just dreamy.
There is a song in that movie called "Count Your Blessings". Irving Berlin wrote it. I wonder if he knew what a wake-up call that song would be for many. While I don't fall asleep counting my blessings, I do make it a habit to count them before I get out of the bed every morning. I started with just one blessing, saying I was thankful for a roof over my head. Then I started thinking of more things like how thankful I am to have my dog, Truman, instead of grumbling that I have to go walk him in sub zero temperatures. I now start my day listing 10 things I'm thankful for. Sometimes they change, sometimes they are the same.
Just thinking or saying blessings out loud change your mood. Some people call it an attitude of gratitude. So, when you're worried and you can't sleep, just count your blessings instead of sheep and you'll fall asleep (or wake up) counting your blessings. If you are struggling to find peace and happiness this holiday season, just say out loud one thing that you are grateful for. I think you'll be amazed at how much better you'll feel in that instant and how it gives you strength.
Twenty years ago I won a tiny little Christmas cactus at an office holiday party. It had pretty little buds on it that opened just a couple of days before Christmas.
I still have that Christmas cactus only it’s not so tiny anymore. It has grown into a big, beautiful plant. And the bigger it gets the earlier it blooms. It’s been very gradual, almost like it’s trying to see if I will even notice. Oh, I’ve noticed. I went from calling it my Christmas cactus to my Thanksgiving cactus since that was when it was starting to bud and bloom. Well, now I’m going to have to start calling it my Halloween cactus because it was all full of blooms by October 31st.
I don’t really care when it blooms just as long as it blooms. It makes me happy to know that plant is thriving and happy and wants to share its pretty white flowers. Now, if it starts blooming on the 4th of July that will be a bit troublesome. I’ll have to blame it on global warming.
It takes a LOT to plan a Thanksgiving dinner. I get excited when I see all the bounty of fresh produce, meats, cheeses and breads I get to choose from at my local Copps grocery store. I know I will find everything I need to cook the perfect Thanksgiving dinner for my family and friends. And when I don’t feel like cooking I know I can rely on their deli department and bakery and to do the cooking for me.
If you love to cook like I do, Thanksgiving is a time where you can really shine in the kitchen. But for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday AFTER Thanksgiving when you don’t feel like cooking so much, your local Copps and Pick N Save are there to offer you home style foods that you can just run in and pick up whenever you need.
For everything I need for my home cooked Thanksgiving meal, I’m going to shop Copps. And for everything I need to eat during a big weekend of shopping and decorating I’m going to Copps. Here’s a sample of how they can help you with meals on your big four day holiday coming up.