What’s really important this Christmas is that we don’t confuse happiness and joy.
Happiness is impacted by external circumstances. Joy, on the other hand, is an internal state of heart.
It’s an approach to life or an attitude. We can choose to act like the Grinch and rob ourselves and others of pleasure or we can allow our hearts to grow three sizes and join the celebration.
Life’s problems temporarily may rob you of happiness. But a person with a truly joyful nature will not surrender it because of circumstances.
The words above really resonated with me. (you can read the entire article here.) It made me think about how lucky I am that I have both happiness and joy this Christmas. All and all, it's been a pretty good year.
As always, I'm running last minute. Having a ball though, wrapping, baking, shopping, and enjoying family and friends. Lots of family are here in town now and it's been great! Tomorrow will be our feast of seven fishes at home (it's an Italian thing). And on Christmas it will be here, there and everywhere!
I hope that you'll be doing some wonderful things this holiday with your family and friends.
Remember Christmas is a time for hope and to celebrate salvation.
Love and gratitude to you ALL for sharing the joy of the season with me. It's been wonderful!!!!
Wishing you a holiday with many blessings and so much love.
~top photo that I love is from http://www.lisaleonardonline.com/blog/