Last year on Black Friday I snagged a hot deal and upgraded my (perfectly fine but with no handle on the bowl) 4-quart KitchenAid Mixer for a 6?7? quart “professional series” mixer. A red one. You know how I feel about all things red!
Anyway, by selling my perfectly fine mixer and combining the sale price of the new one with a rebate, I was pretty much planning to run away with the upgrade for well under $100. Only I didn’t.
I wrapped it up and gave it to a friend, instead.
You know what? That felt so good! She teared up. “I don’t have anyone to buy me Christmas presents.” I teared up. “I know.” There really wasn’t much else to say.
It feels so good to be able to give! Much more than running away with a killer deal.
I’m not gonna lie to ya. I enjoy unwrapping a few thoughtful, practical, or even just plain fun gifts at Christmas, too. But the giving. That’s what we want our children to remember. That’s what we want their default mode to be.
Even as we make our Christmas wishlists, and especially as we work hard to delight our children with a few of their wants, I am simply blown away by abundant blessing. There is no better time to count our blessings than right now in the midst of the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Counting our blessings centers us. It brings us back to the core, to the Ultimate Gift.
Mercy recognizes the stress we put on ourselves and our families over the holidays. They want to remind us that ‘Our greatest blessing is to see others blessed.’ One way we can do this is to pause, list our blessings, and share them with others. Let’s count our blessings together at Our Blessings Count. 
While you’re over there, do take a few minutes to click around on the snowflakes and be inspired by others’ blessings. I think I may do that with the kids after school today. They’ll love to “catch” the snowflakes, and a little impromptu gratitude lesson won’t hurt any of us!
What are your greatest blessings this season?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Mercy. The opinions and text are all mine.