Embracing the Season

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

By Nancy Stoops

Lights are being hung everywhere.  People have a twinkle of joy in their eyes.  The air is crisp and clean and I feel filled with excitement, as I prepare to celebrate the holidays with my loved ones.

Ever since I was a very little girl I have really enjoyed this time of year.  I love the idea of celebrating life and for me; this season gives me one more reason to do just that.  I enjoy shopping for gifts and taking some long lunches along the way with the people I love.  I enjoy the special flavored coffees this time of year.  I love seeing the stores all decorated and people just seem to be a little kinder to each other as well.

I walked out of my house this morning and thought about how lucky I am to have such wonderful people to celebrate with.  I look forward to the dinners, the gift giving, going away on an adventure but mostly just being with all the people I love.  I will have an opportunity to take some time off and to really embrace the season.  I love baking cookies with my son, shopping with my loved ones, having lots of time with my best friend, going out to breakfast with my husband, spending quality time with mom and just having time to laugh together with all the people I love.

For me, the season is a wonderful opportunity to show how much I love the people that mean the most to me in this world.  I hope you will do the same.  I wish you peace and joy as you celebrate this wonderful time.  I hope you will embrace the season and your loved ones and remember what this time of year is really about.

This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has a private practice in Diamond Bar and is currently accepting new clients; she is also a motivational speaker who can inspire your employees or group members.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups on how to manage anger.    For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (909)229-0727.  You may e-mail Nancy atnancyjstoops@verizon.net.  Nancy’s latest book Midnight the Therapy Dog is the perfect gift and is available at Amazon.com.