The Spirit of Christmas

oday’s Workout:  9 mile run, 1:11***

**First I must thank everyone for they’re amazing and supportive comments on my last post.  Wow I am again astounded by the support of this community.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I believe I have shared my love/hate relationship with Christmas in the past on the blog.  I hate the glamour, the hustle and bustle, the pressure, and the cheesy gifts we give that nobody really needs!

But I absolutely love the spirit of giving.  For the last few years I have had the opportunity to help families in need and I am always humbled by the experience.  No gift anyone can give me can ever compare to the feeling of shopping for and helping someone truly in need.  I often fear that I will end up doing the shopping alone but each year I am again humbled by the willingness of others to collaborate together, to help, and to give.

I would like to thank my family for always being willing to give to complete strangers and for always supporting me in my efforts to help as many people as I can each holiday season.  Thank you to my parents for teaching me service and for always leading  by example. 

Thank you to all of my blog readers for your unconditional support and always positive comments.  I feel so lucky to be part of a community that is so encouraging, inspiring, and supportive.  I know for a fact that many of you have helped me become a better person and I am forever thankful for your examples.  I feel your love and I sincerely appreciate it.

Merry Virtual Christmas. I have truly enjoyed getting to know so many of you this year and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and holiday season.