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It’s that time of year again!

Many of us are aware that Oprah shares a list of her favorite things each fall. In 2017, my husband ordered maple syrup after seeing it on her 2017 list. We enjoyed it all year with weekend pancakes and reused the pretty wooden box for other things. It was quite delicious.

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I decided to start my own favorite things list, a holiday twist on gratitude.

Here is my list of 21 2021 Favorite Things. Photos follow. May it inspire you to list yours. Scroll through photos on your phone. I can guarantee those photos are filled with favorite things, moments, people to inspire you for this activity.

Favorite: the status of bringing good and or enjoyment to life in a way that surpasses an ordinary experience.

  1. My good dog(s)
  2. Classic Christmas movies, especially from my childhood
  3. Nature calendars by local artist, Erin Vaughan
  4. Christmas decorations and the tree in the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, Anaheim
  5. Colorful fresh flowers
  6. Baby gender reveal moments (or waiting until the baby arrives to find out)
  7. Good physical therapy when recovering from an injury
  8. Breakfasts at good places, like Cracker Barrel, Original Pancake House, First Watch, or Auntie’s Bakery & Cafe
  9. Clean, clever humor
  10. Holiday hot fudge sundae with peppermint ice cream
  11. Staying connected with far-away loved ones – friends and family
  12. Flip-flops
  13. Simple Christmas joys
  14. Winter sunsets…or beautiful sunsets in any season
  15. Christmas cookies – homemade or bakery
  16. Going out for afternoon tea
  17. Good walking shoes – New Balance for me!
  18. Toilet paper
  19. Books to read
  20. Time to sit by the fire in cold weather
  21. Creative ideas to try from blogs and YouTube, like from my friend, Amy, at Tonality Designs, and Michael’s. See last week’s post.
“It’s time for dinner, in case you forgot,” said Samson #2.
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Classic children’s Christmas movies
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Calendars by Erin Vaughan, a local artist
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Colorful fresh flowers
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It’s a boy!
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Thank you, PPT Physical Therapy, a valued partner in healing throughout the years.
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Breakfasts at Cracker Barrel
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Clean, clever humor
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Holiday hot fudge sundae with peppermint ice cream
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Matching pillowcases: My mom loved violets. One year for Mother’s Day, I gave her this pillowcase. I kept the other one in the set. So, 2,000 miles apart, we still held each other in our hearts at bedtime.
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Flip-flops: I love wearing these in the shower at home or in hotels. They provide security against slipping.
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Simple Christmas joys…like tangerines in my stocking
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Winter sunsets…Copley, Ohio
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Tea time!
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New walking shoes
Toilet paper is even more precious since the pandemic lockdown hoarding panic, Spring 2020.
“So many books. So little time.”
Enjoying a winter fire at home
A last minute appetizer, Honey & Candied Pecan Cheese Spread, from Tonality Designs

My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music is often included on Christmas albums and playlists, though I’m not sure why. I never think of it as a Christmas song. But it had to be inlcuded here!

I hope thinking about your favorite things brightens your day. What would be on your list?

Stay charming, my friends.