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Melissa Michaels is the NY Times Bestselling author of Love The Home You Have and The Inspired Room book. Her blog, The Inspired Room, was voted Better Homes & Gardens Readers' Favorite decorating blog in 2014 and 2015. Melissa is a church planter's wife and a mom to three human kids and...

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  1. Melissa, I love these ideas! We have a gratitude journal which we try and fill in every night (but it ends up being more like every few days :)). I think we’ll try some of the others. Thanks!

  2. Every Dec. I and my two young children, go shopping and fill up a Christmas bag with gifts of clothing and scarves gloves etc. Then we drive downtown and choose a homeless person to surprise with the beautifully wrapped presents. My children get to choose the recipient. We only have the time we are stopped at a red light to hand the bag over but the look on their faces are priceless. We always drive back by a few min later and its so fun to see them as they are looking through the bag of goodies. This year we included a bible and handwritten note.

  3. We watch Charlie Brown Christmas. It brings tears to us adults. It speaks volumes about the way life is today–always about getting & me me me. In the end they realize that Christmas is really about the Birth of a Savior. 🙂

    I keep a gratitude journal. I made a list a few years ago & add to it daily or almost daily. It keeps me focused on what is important in this busy hectic world.

    Thanks for the ideas Melissa!

    Have a great New Year!