Today I am thankful for the holidays. I really love the extra little sparkle on everything. Store fronts, otherwise average neighborhoods and Starbucks cups. I love sending and receiving holiday cards and saying Advent prayers over our wreath on the kitchen counter. And sometimes I wish that everyone would be so festive all year long. And then I remember that this much sparkle and special is only appropriate for one reason. And I am even more thankful for our season of joyful anticipation. This is my favorite birthday ever.