So, I suppose, all of you have heard the latest news, right? 
Christmas is here and winter is coming!..Or, was it the other way around? 🙂 – (wink, wink for the GOT fans)
 
I, myself, am not a great shopping addict, nor a fan at least, and would gladly switch to cleaning or cooking, than having to rush over for shopping Christmas gifts. Don’t get me wrong, I love making presents  (and receiving them, of course), but it seems that we are too much into spending rather then sharing. 
 
Just like last year, we’ve had our Secret Santa at the office this year too, and my surprise gift was meant to go to one of the most sophisticated and non conformist colleagues. Now that was tricky… but then it hit me! Besides receiving cute things, the most precious gifts that always make me feel important are appreciation reminders. So, with my son’s help, there I was, writing  20 golden – silvery reminder notes to keep smiling. And she did smile when reading them and I hope she will continue to smile when she will discover them again in the middle of summer.
 
We all have dear people besides us and need to thank them, show them our gratitude and love. Parents, husbands or wives, children, brothers and sisters, friends, everybody loves when they are reminded that there is someone out there who cares for them a lot.
 
Since we all have wishes for Christmas, my wish is this: let’s not wait until Christmas, or birthdays, or other events, to let the ones around us know how much we love them and how appreciated they are. Tell your friend she is doing a great job as a mom even if she thinks she’s not handling it very well. You might just save her from a depression. Tell your husband how much you appreciate he took the children out for a whole afternoon so you can take your long awaited nap. Tell your parents you know they did their best to offer you as much as possible when you were a kid and thank them for that. Tell your colleagues how much their help is appreciated. Tell your best friend that her struggles will end and better days are coming. Tell your children how much joy they brought to your family since they were born and remind them all the time how much you love them. 
 
And write it all down on a piece of paper, writing is not overrated, it will be a memory and the person you’ve shared it to, might as well share it with someone else.
They say “Be kind for Christmas!”. I say be kind for Christmas, and then for the rest of the year, whenever you can.
Because love and kindness can change the world and it’s in our hands to do so.
 
Happy Holidays everyone!
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