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Compliments are weird little things. We alllove compliments. We even do things to get them: doll up for special occasions, work our butts off on projects for work, wear flattering jewelry accessories, etc... But when it comes down to actually receiving the compliment people duck out, "Oh, it was nothing" or "Really? I'm not really sure" or "This old thing?". Well, at least that's how it is in my experience. And I think there's a more graceful way to go about it.

I went to a holiday party recently and told several people they they looked beautiful in this or that. And they just shrugged and changed the subject. I really wanted them to know that I meant it. This put me in an awkward position.

We all deserve compliments and have the capacity to receive them gracefully. So, I am hereby pledging that the first thing that comes out of my mouth when I get a compliment is "thank you". Then the weird feeling can creep in all it wants. I'll just ignore it. Phooey, Mr. Awkward! I can be confident.

In other news: It's snowing like mad here again. And it makes me so happy! I am watching the ground disappear, listening to Christmas music, and feeling the chill of leftover snow on my boots. Ah, beautiful. I hope wherever you are, you are feeling the wonder of the season.