I went with a friend to Disneyland to see the Candlelight Processional, which is my favorite event of the year at Disneyland. I'm thankful for: (1) good friends (2) throngs of people who are there to celebrate the birth of Jesus (3) the freedoms we enjoy that allow us to assemble and vocalize our religious views.
Ginnifer Goodwin was the celebrity reader this year. I'm thankful (4) that her participation spurred some online discussion, and gave me a chance to clarify some of my beliefs.
Here is a brief non-professional video of part of the processional. The video leaves much to be desired, but just listen to that choir!
Though I did spend time at Disneyland and other places: playing, running errands and doing various acts of service this week--be sure to check out the #LightTheWorld campaign!--I still had much to do at home. Drexel made sure to stick by me, and help me with my tasks.
I'm thankful (5) he is my own personal trainer to help me stretch after a run.
|Photo: Drexel makes himself at home on my lap|
|Photo: Drexel gazes up at me as I cut out handouts for a church activity|
|Photo: Drexel poses dramatically in front of the tree|
As always, I'm thankful (10) for John. He makes me smile. Somehow, I don't think many couples have mathematical conversations while setting up Christmas trees, but we do. Our tree is old, and little branches are starting to break. This is clearly (!) a low-cycle fatigue problem. John realized this year that he could come up with the analysis to show how many more years our tree would last. However, he was very generous to give me the credit for identifying that the tree has dual modes of failure: not only are the branches starting to break, but needles are also falling. Gotta love that man! He even helped me remember the correct terms to use to write this item. :-)
How is your December going? Have any four-legged friends helping you?