I grew up in a family of five ... my parents, sister, brother and me. I am the oldest child with all of the stereotypical first-born traits to prove it. December means that the five of us get to be together, plus our spouses and children too. For some crazy reason that we can't go back far enough to put our finger upon, we bowl. We go bowling. Not because it is something that we necessarily enjoy or feel inclined to do at any other time of year, but because it is tradition. We will go to worship at the chili parlor beforehand. Goodness knows that if you are from Cincinnati but had to move, the chili is something that you never ever stop missing.
So today's gratitude is about being with family, having fun, and passing down holiday traditions, however unconventional they may seem. It's also about the day-to-day things in our own hometown that we take for granted when it continues to be our home.
What are you grateful for today?