One of the dangers of spending a month focused on the idea of “celebrating” is that we can fall into the trap of thinking that a celebration has to be time intensive, expensive, or elaborate.

While I love a good party every once in a while, and I don’t think there’s anything wrong with throwing a traditional celebration (our family has a history of planning surprise parties for milestone birthdays at 18, 30, 50 and 80), those big events are a tiny part of what I mean by celebrating.

The celebrations we’re talking about this month are simple and rather un-spectacular. They’re about celebrating the little things that characterize our life in addition to the big things. This idea of celebration is why I take so many photos of my kids on Instagram—not to “show off” or pretend our home is some type of utopia, but because I want to commemorate and celebrate the good.

There are a million ways to celebrate, and—like creativity—they can be done in the midst of the most mundane tasks because it has more to do with your attitude than the actual event:

Celebrating can be done each morning as you open the blinds to let the sunshine in, each evening as you write down three things you’re thankful for from your day.

It can mean pulling out your good china on a random Tuesday or keeping a stash of paper party plates for Saturday morning breakfasts.

It’s in the prayers you whisper over your children while they sleep and the way you fold the laundry that threatens to overwhelm you.

The idea is to stop waiting for the big events to celebrate:

A friend of mine bakes cookies for her kids’ “half birthdays”.

And Jessica Turner, author of The Fringe Hours, sends handwritten notes all year long rather than waiting to send Christmas cards.

Celebrating is about cultivating joy and gratitude and contentment in our lives, not just around holidays and special events but every day.

ACTIVITIES & QUESTIONS

1. What everyday activities in your life present an opportunity for celebration?

2. Is it easy or hard for you to view simple things like drinking tea or swinging on the porch swing as celebrations? How can you practice celebrating in these small things?

3. Do you prefer the simple, everyday celebrations or the big events? Why?

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