Today launches Santa’s tips for celebrating the holidays. The first tip is- “Color Your Christmas”, a concept illustrated by this clay sculpture of Santa bedecked in colorful Christmas lights. Obviously as the name of this blogsite would imply, Be Brave. Lose the Beige is a big fan of color. And, it is also true my Christmas tree and outside lights are a veritable rainbow of colors. But let me be quick to add, I think the white lights I see decorating the trees and houses of friends and neighbors are just as lovely. Be Brave. Lose the Beige often uses color as a metaphor. In other posts it has referenced personal empowerment. In this instance it’s about making creative choices about how you might want to spend your time. If you want to bake- bake. If your creative gift is gift giving, then give. If it is creating beautiful bows out of wire ribbon gracing your gifts, then wrap away. But color equals choice in this instance. Spend your time engaging in activities that nourish your spirit. Stay Tuned for Tip No. 2- “Hang Out With Friends”.
Christmas is approaching. The signs are all there. We’ve been here before. Familiar tunes flow from department store speakers and often from our own lips; garland and gifts take over guest rooms and closets; yoga classes and movie dates are postponed in lieu of shopping expeditions hunting for perfect presents and food for feasts. We organize tree-trimming gatherings, and climb rickety ladders retrieving lights, ornaments and stockings; we watch Miracle on 34th street for the 34th time as we tie ribbons and bows around foiled packages. We often spend money we don’t have in pursuit of an ideal nestled into our memories leftover from Christmases past. Now, let me be quick to add, I LOVE CHRISTMAS. When I contemplated converting to Judaism in my former marriage, I was perfectly willing to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and spend the day fasting in quiet contemplation on Yom Kippur. However, giving up Christmas was out of the question. But, just for the sake of this exercise, try imagining a different kind of holiday, one that might not feel as harried. What would your ideal holiday look and feel like? Over the next couple of weeks Be Brave. Lose the Beige will be posting a series of tips for celebrating the holidays. I also encourage you to share your own tips. We could all use a little help with the frenzy of the holiday festivities. Be on the lookout for the first tip. (Spoiler alert- Tip No. 1- “Color Your Christmas”)
Bla Bla store, where they sell hand- knitted dolls, mobiles, and various other child friendly items. Maya Rose, my first granddaughter's arrival is imminent and I want to share in as many baby focused activities as I'm allowed ( the fact that they in live in Chicago makes this goal harder to achieve. Thus the reason for my Sunday night travel plans. But Airtran you are breaking my heart here and gobbling up precious hours of connection. I have a feeling however, food will be in our future as will 7 hours of conversation and connection in route to orlando.I'm sitting on an Airtran plane at the Orlando airport waiting to depart for Atlanta. The plane was supposed to have left at 6; it's now 7:45. Apparently the TSA (I don't even know what those initials stand for except pain in the neck and other body parts) closed part of the airport because of a perceived security threat. The Orlando TSA is legendary for creating chaos over little to nothing- someone sneezed; someone rushing for his flight did not look American enough...and this time was no different. Needless closures resulting in countless delays and missed connections. I paid more money than I wish to admit for this one way ticket to meet up with my son and daughter-in-law. They are in route from Chicago to Florida for the holiday week. They cajoled me into meeting them midway through their journey (ok maybe not exactly the midpoint) and road tripping the rest of the way with them and their two dogs. But first there will be food and shopping to share. We will be visiting the