25 November 2011

merry christmas!!

because i am a spoiled little goober, christmas came from the fedex man today for me and i am so excited.


mother goose called me last month and said she needed help coming up with a show, so i graciously obliged and picked an order big enough to fill up a show for her.  she owes me.

just kidding.

but i'm not really ready to jump into the christmas holiday so soon already, even though i've kind of been listening to christmas music on and off for two or so weeks.  i'm just a big fan of thanksgiving, and i like trying to make it last as long as possible.

usually every year i write down a detailed list of ten things that i'm grateful for.  it always makes me feel good, it gets me in a really good mood for the christmas season, and it's a nice boost right before finals.  this year i did something a little different at the suggestion of a friend, and i wrote a letter of gratitude to someone instead.

letters are awesome!  sometimes i get letters or cards or postcards in the mail, and they are the best things ever.  but i like writing letters more than getting them, and i think you should write a letter to someone in the near future!

i picked this card up at the institute on wednesday, and it had a message from President Howard W. Hunter from a 1959 magazine:

This Christmas, mend a quarrel.  Seek out a forgotten friend.  Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust.  Write a letter.  Give a soft answer.  Encourage youth.  Manifest your loyalty in word and deed.  Keep a promise.  Forgo a grudge.  Forgive an enemy.  Apologize.  Try to understand.  Examine your demands on others.  Think first of someone else.  Be kind.  Be gentle.  Laugh a little more.  Express your gratitude.  Welcome a stranger.  Gladden the heart of a child.  Take pleasure in the beauty and wonder of the earth.  Speak your love and then speak it again.

pair these suggestions with the "gratitude-high" from thanksgiving, and your life for the next few weeks is sure to be excellent!

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