#11 of Santa’s tips for celebrating the holidays is – Enjoy Your Family- Pause amid the Christmas chaos and spend precious time with those you love. (My Dad died this year. I’m thankful I spent Christmas Eve with him last year and many years before).
Dreading those holiday hassles? While there is so much to enjoy during the holidays – kids coming home, the colorful sights and delicious smells of the season, the anticipation – it can get overwhelming. Today begins 12 days of blog posts featuring my “Santa’s 12 Tips for Celebrating Christmas”. These are clay sculptures I created which have been made into Christmas cards.
The name of this blog and our company is Be Brave. Lose the Beige which tries to inspire and encourage Lady Boomers (and anyone else who will listen) to live their lives creatively and with fun. So why shouldn’t the holidays be celebrated in the same way?
The first of Santa’s 12 tips (see image below) is called, “Color Your Christmas” and features Santa Claus draped in colorful Christmas Lights, the message being, keep the color and delight in the holiday season.
I was afforded the distinct pleasure of helping facilitate an “Om for the Holidays” mini-retreat in December with a group of fabulous Lady Boomers. Aside from the great conversational exchanges and chocolate communion (yes, that’s right, Chocolate Communion…who says communion always has to include wafers and wine?), we engaged in a journaling exercise in which we envisioned what our ideal holiday season would look like. A couple of the women agreed to share their visions in this blog.
Linda Solash Reed wrote…
family – whose? choose?
Time travel -unravel-pound the
Warm -cold air- snuggling
blankets, furry friends
Food lots of food, comfort
gravy smooth crowded table
all ages all friends all strangers
Ecstasy -chanting uplifting
rising rising rising
The core, What is the core?
Quantum strings carry the
Universe’s beat vibrating
over and over forever and
ever long as it ever was it is.
Donna Borko wrote….
A “Lounging at the Beach Holiday”
I awaken to the sound of seagulls calling and the surf lapping the sand. I
share a quiet breakfast with my sister or a friend on the patio. Then curl
up on a beach chair to read a good book, followed by a scrumptious lunch and
a stroll along the beach. We let the waves splash cool water over our feet
and even sit in the water to allow the salty sea to soothe our body and
spirit. Later as the sun sets and kisses the horizon with its warm and
glowing rays of departing light, we know that we have been touched by the
love of God, nature, and the love of family and friends. We have quietly
shared together the joys of our peaceful day together.
It’s December 31st, 2011. The holidays are coming to a close. Here are Santa’s final tips for celebrating the holidays:
Santa’s Tip #11-Enjoy Your Family- Pause amid the holiday chaos and spend precious time with those you love. (My Dad died this year. I’m thankful I spent Christmas Eve with him last year and many years before).
Tip #12- Toast yourself for living through one of the worst economic years in our history.
Whatever your spiritual tradition, may it be colorful, fun, and filled with goodness.
Santa’s tip- Take a vacation from dieting during this holiday season. Experts” admonish us to avoid fatty foods and to exercise several times a week. To our credit, we do our best to follow their well intentioned advice. But dieting all the time gets boring. If you find yourself craving chocolates go ahead, indulge the urge. Soon enough you will be back in a dieting mode again. Santa’s tips in this series are about “ideally living”. Spend some time this season to define what “ideally living” means to you. Usually it’s about achieving balance in your life. In this instance it’s about finding the balance between over-indulgence and absolute denial. Happy eating…
I’m excited my Om for the Holidays article was published in The Elephant Journal. Check it out at -