Confession: I started listening to Christmas music well before Halloween. Yes, I’ll admit I’m one of those people who can’t get enough Yuletide spirit. But sandwiched between the trick-or-treating and gift-wrapping sits Thanksgiving, that wonderful annual reminder to stop and reflect on the blessings in our lives.


Those Joneses. They have everything. The high-def televisions, souped-up rides, and extravagant vacations to breathtaking sites. Those with less affluence (yours truly included) are faced with a choice: strive to keep up with them Joneses, or find joy in our “low-def,” humdrum surroundings.

In the past I may have wavered between the two—tech toys are my weakness—but lately my bank account has kindly made the choice for me. And I’m thankful. Sometimes missing out leads us to seek creative ways to make our own fun. (more…)