1000 Awesome Things to Celebrate

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In the midst of the holiday celebrations it's nice to remind yourself of the pleasures to be had from small things. 1000 Awesome Things to Celebrate is just a pause for a moment , a time to smile when you recognise some of life's little joys again.

Things like sleeping in your own bed after a long trip, being able to carry all the groceries from the car in one swoop, the feeling of brushing your teeth with a new toothbrush. These funny and slightly ironic awesome things are part of a charming website, 1000 Awesome Things to Celebrate. They're counting backwards from 1,000 and every day a new one is listed. Yesterday's was the Kids Table (always the best place to sit and fool around) and today's is # 605: Christmas Hugs with lovely photos of people hugging each other (and the dog) on this very special day.

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Each day's entry is a little story with a sweet photo. The stories are quite personal, and some are ironic, whilst others are touching. From the surprising (#765: Thinking it's Thursday when it's really Friday) to the simply satisfying (#727: Letting go of the gas pump at just the right moment), the small victories (#791: Getting the armrest at the movies), and a favourite: #999 That last crumb in a bag of potato chips.

The writer's name is Neil Pasricha and he started writing it in May because "For two or three minutes a day we can sit around, cover our heads with a blanket and talk about how fun it is to take that first shower when you get home from camping for a week; or talk about getting that popcorn kernel out of your teeth; or wearing underwear just out of the dryer; or having a whole row to yourself on an airplane."

He seems like a pretty unpretentious guy, which he would be since he's Canadian. As he says: "I've never wanted flashy lights or hot, sexy ads on the site so that we could kind of have our own quiet, little corner in this big, banging world. I hope you know how great writing these has been for me and I want to say a sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone reading the site."

The site has been such a hit that it won a 2009 Webby award and is being turned into a book, called "The Book of Awesome Snow Days, Bakery Air, Finding Money in Your Pocket and Other Simple, Brilliant Things." It will be published in April, 2010.

A very Merry Christmas to one and all.