And I cry. Every time.
Because while I live a simple life, and I don't have fancy things, I do have the most important things.
I have Oskar, showing some graying on his muzzle but still exhilarated every morning when I open the door and he can race into the world. And I have friends who send wonderful, loving holiday cards.
We have cookies in the oven. And lots of cookies on the counter, waiting for a party.
I have Luke, the thinker, who considers me his right-hand girl. He tells me when, I pour the kibble. It works for us.
We have heat that works. Our old house is not toasty, but we are comfortable.
And I have Ulani, aka Stinky Emilio. Life is never dull with an active girl scheming out her next escapade.
So when I hear the song talking about people starving, with no water, and it says "tonight thank God it's them, instead of you", I do.
I live a simple life, but I have all the important things. And in the Christmas spirit, I hope you do, too.