The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s true! This is the most wonderful time of the year!

I love the holidays. I was lucky enough to spend Thanksgiving in San Diego with my extended family and friends. My Aunt put on a spectacular spread and shared a great tradition. In my immediate family, my mom would always have each person at the table share something they were grateful for before the meal. My Aunt did something similar, but with a fresh twist. She wrote quotes about gratitude on Thanksgiving cards and nestled each card into the place settings at the table. Then after the meal she had each person read their quote out loud to the group. It was a great reminder of blessings and abundance from some inspired leaders, authors and thinkers. One in particular I liked, was the reverent saying,

“We give thanks for blessings yet unseen which are already on their way.”

I liked the idea of giving thanks for great things already in the works which perhaps we haven’t seen come to their full fruition yet in our lives. Blessings of new opportunities, new hope, new relationships, new friends, new love, new ideas and new ways to think.

Which is why I truly love this time of year. To me, Thanksgiving starts off what leads into the greatest time of love. Strangers soften toward one another. Volunteers donate time and citizens donate resources, food and clothing to help others in need. We become more selfless. We make time for our friends and family. We devote ourselves to snuggling up with those we love and we try to share as much as we can. We express gratitude and thanks. Sure there is a lot of commercialism too; if that’s what you see. But I truly believe “As within, so without.” If you are looking to help others, to show love and kindness, to really embrace and participate in the holiday spirit, you will see it everywhere. You will notice the good in human beings. I guess that, to me, the holidays are like Hugh Grant says at the beginning of Love Actually. When you begin to notice, “Love actually is all around.”

—Jill Brown

Jill Brown is a Los Angeles, California based Life Coach and Writer. She earned her Bachelors in Humanities and Sociology from USU and is a member of the National Association for Conflict Resolution and the Ladies Who Launch Network. She is the founder of “The Duchess Guide” a website dedicated to helping women become their most fabulous and unique selves. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast, traveler and health nut. When she isn’t writing or working on Duchess, Jill loves spending all her free time with her Labrador – Betty. For more on The Duchess Guide or Jill visit: