Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

Monica Faram

December 25, 2011

Monica Faram: What I’m thankful for this Christmas

Christmas is a magical time. Spirits are lifted and families gather to share in the holidays together.

I like to take time around Christmas to look back and reflect on the year that’s almost completed.

I know Thanksgiving is typically the time to say what you’re thankful for, but I was gone on maternity leave, so I will take this opportunity to share my list.

This year I have so much to be thankful for, especially with the arrival of my daughter.

I am thankful for all the little things you don’t think about on a daily basis: food, water, shelter ... all the things that are needed to live from day to day that we all take advantage of and don’t think about until we are without them.

I am thankful to be able to worship at a church in a public setting and that I don’t have to hide my religious beliefs in fear of prosecution.

I am thankful for my family and friends who are there for me when I need them. So many gave us gifts and food when I had my daughter.

I am thankful for a good job and readers who enjoy (or tolerate) my rantings and ravings. It is so much fun to go to events in the community and get to communicate with people who read things I write.

I am thankful for my parents who brought me up in a good, Christian home. They taught me all the life skills and lessons I need to survive in today’s world. I couldn’t have made it as far as I have without them.

I am thankful for my husband, who works hard to provide for his family. He never lets us go without and manages the household better than I ever could on my own.

I also like to reflect on Christmases past and the good times my family and I have had together.

Like the one (or two, or three) times my brother knocked the Christmas tree over the stair railing at our house in Kansas.

Of course, there’s also the time when he was 2 and he opened a present and shouted with much excitement, “It’s a box!”

My parents always made Christmas really special for us. They indulged our Christmas wish lists as best as they could.

One year they put a scrap of red material in the fireplace screen and a footprint of ashes on the floor so we’d know Santa had been there.

We never doubted, that is until I started to realize that Santa’s handwriting looked very familiar.

I hope that I can make Christmas just as fun for my children in the future.

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