Today was our school’s annual Breakfast With Santa. I learned this morning that this is the thirteenth year that the Rotary Club of Ancaster has sponsored this special breakfast including delicious food from Montana’s Restaurant, visiting police officers, and time and presents with Santa Claus. After tweeting out some photographs of the event, I received a wonderful surprise: a lovely tweet from a parent thanking everyone for this experience and other opportunities at school.

This parent’s tweet reminded me of something important: even during this holiday season, where we focus a lot on the giving and receiving of items, we can never underestimate the power in the “sharing” of kind words. Last month, a fellow educator and blogger, Kristi Keery-Bishop, wrote this post called, November Thanks. In it, she spoke about how thankful she was for other educators, and she suggested combating the grey November days with some “thankful teacher tweets.” Even though we’re now in a new month, and one often synonymous with joy, I think we should still continue to say, “thank you.” There are so many people to be grateful for this holiday season — let’s not limit our words of appreciation. 

In the coming weeks, please consider joining me with a #2015MerryThanks: a gift that won’t cost anything, but will spread a little extra holiday happiness. Who’s in? Whom would you like to thank?


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