30-Day Gratitude Challenge – Love

“LOVE, love me do, You know I love you, I’ll always be true, So please, love me do, Whoa, love me do.” Love Me Do – The Beatles

If you haven’t already guessed love is the prompt for Day Three of this 30-Day Gratitude Challenge, and I’ve kicking the idea back and forth all day.

What can you say about love that everybody else hasn’t already? Positively Present asks how we share the love in our lives and how do we accept it. And bizarrely, I began to think about Christmas.

Strange I know, but with all the Christmas lights going up in Glasgow right now, and our bizarre British holiday of Guy Fawkes on Monday (we crazy Brits celebrate the thwarting a plot to blow up Parliament by lighting fireworks), I’ve been feeling quite Christmassy.

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I love this time of year because I love how it much it means to my family and my loved ones. It is hands down one of the best seasons – and not just for the food.

But what has Christmas got to do with love? Really, for me, it makes you focus on the ones you love and why you love them. It reminds you to show a little gratitude for them being in your life.

I’ve been in a long-term relationship for three years now, and my idiot of a boyfriend is still surprising me. I’ve known my family all my life, and yet every year, I want to find a new way of showing them how much I care. I have friends, new and old, (you know who you are) whom I love to absolute pieces and goddamnit I’m going to make sure they have the best Christmas they can. Christmas is not just about sharing the love, but also about recognising the love you have in your life. And that’s really important, especially when these days it can be a little more difficult to find a little self-love.

For me, Christmas is all about being grateful for the love in your life, and for Day Three’s prompt, it sums up everything I love about love.


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