Through the eyes of Suzy...
When we were kids, there was that one day of the year when we excitedly anticipated a decorated Christmas tree full of wrapped presents near the bottom. As we got older, however, some of us lost that joyful feeling of guessing what was inside that colorful Christmas gift.
I realize now that I have entered my 20s how important it is to maintain that brightness from our childhood. Work, financial duties, and just daily challenges slowly shift our mindset away from appreciating what we have to questioning why we don't have things in our lives. It's so easy to remember all the good things we have in life and be thankful for them! With the pressure of getting a job mounting day after day, I often lose track of my happiness and always ask, “why do I not have everything down yet?”
This Christmas, I plan to feel differently. And if you are reading this on the morning of Christmas Eve, you can join me on this day of appreciation and thankfulness before Christmas hits in the morning! I'm going to start off the day by making breakfast for my family members and hugging each and every one of them. It may sound cheesy, but nothing's better than a simple hug to show just how much you appreciate them. For the rest of the day, I'm going to try to make it the best that it can be for everyone, including myself. If you surround yourself with positive and happy people, you can easily become influenced as well!
It really doesn't matter what exactly you do, what matters most is that you do whatever it takes to be appreciative, thankful, and happy with the people you love and care about. Forget about the presents and the goodies for the day and just focus on the quality time you have with your family and friends.