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Finding Joy in the Present by Suzanne N. Stangland MA, LPC

As Christmas time approaches, so do all the feelings that come with it.  It is commonplace to be both excited and overwhelmed with the holiday. Families love to plan for that big get-together, parents look for the best gift, and children anticipate Christmas morning, possibly more than their own birthday celebrations.

This suggests that we spend quite a bit of time during the holidays looking forward to the next party to attend or thinking about which presents to buy.

What would it be like if we work toward making this Christmas a time that we find that joy in the time at hand—the present?

During your daily routine, what are the things, people or circumstances that warm your heart in ways it is difficult to articulate? Is it the children running to the door to greet you or the little note your spouse sent you reminding you they love you or is it the dog wagging his tail profusely the second you grab the leash for a walk?  These are the small and yet significant things that make up the present.  And they are the things that,

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