Top TEN Ways TO ENJOY CHRISTMAS
1. It's all about warm feelings.
Creating memories for yourself and for those around you.
2. Bake, bustle and bedeck.
This is one of the times when your work really pays off big time. Fill the house with the smell of ginger, chocolate and cinnamon. Fix a nice warm cup of hot cocoa, perhaps with a dash of peppermint schnapps or a mini candy cane for a pepperminty pick-me up. Go out in the yard, cut holly and greens and drape them everywhere drapable. Put reindeer horns on the dog, mistletoe in the office break room, a big red bow on the mailbox, and definitely a big wreath on the front of your car. Wear a Christmas tie, Santa earrings, a decorated sweater and jingle bells on your ankles.
3. Spread good cheer.
Many people do have a hard time with the holidays. If you don't, let your light shine on the corners of others' darkness.
4. It's only "commercialized" if you let it be.
Everything in life is "commercialized."
6. The perfect gift?
Giving of yourself. It requires no money whatsoever. Taking the time, and effort to show someone just how much they mean to you.
7. Love yourself and love the season, but focus on others.
My many years raising funds for charities gave me a unique opportunity to see it's really true – it's the giver who gets the gift. It is great fun to sit down and think about who really needs some help. Baby sit for a friend one Saturday so she can go shop for the kids and have lunch out. Give a Christmas party for the kids down at the shelter. (Tip: Buy the very best candy, not the cheap bag stuff. The delight will be all yours.) Make homemade dog biscuits and deliver them to the animal shelter. If you're of another faith, volunteer to staff the homeless shelter Christmas Eve, or to staff the hospital ER Christmas Day. Put a jingle bell collar on your lovable pooch and take her to the nursing home. Call the neighbor, you know is sitting home alone and make a date to take them for a drive to look at Christmas lights and enjoy a little hot chocolate and Marzipan Star Cookies with you afterwards.
8. Find the sacred moments and don't be afraid to cry.
The joyous parts we talk about, but sitting down finally at the end of a long day in your rocker in front of the beautiful Christmas tree to rest and enjoy the beauty, put on your favorite christmas music or the famous movie "It's a Wonderful Life." The peace you feel at this moment is what Christmas is all about.
9. Love the Scrooges.
They are there and you will hear them. There are people for whom there's always something wrong with something, and this is just the next "something." Just before going out to face them, put on your Christmas smile and be ready with your cheery answer. Here's one I use, with my big holiday smile – "That's okay. I'll enjoy it for the both of us, and get twice as much fun out of it!"
10. It isn't an intellectual debate.
You'll hear it -- Should someone who isn't "Christian" celebrate Christmas? Should we also do Hanukkah? Have we materialized Christmas so it has lost its meaning? Will we offend someone? Is it a "religious" celebration or is it "secular"? My answer to this is, I'm at peace with my maker and my fellow man in my heart, I understand my way is not the only way, I see that nearly every culture celebrates something this time of year for a reason , and why on earth would you pass up any opportunity, ever, to celebrate, spread joy, enjoy one another, give and receive, eat, drink and be merry, and yes, worship?? Whatever face it wears, bring it on! A chance to celebrate unity, purpose, creativity and faith? Hey, don't leave me out!
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My vote is to have Christmas traditions all year round. You see at
Christmas time most people at least the ones I have met, always change just a
little for the better around Christmas. I do not know whether or not it is the
great yuletide Christmas carols, the festive atmosphere everywhere you go, or just some
hidden part in all of us that screams out,
The feeling of the Christmas holidays is truly all about family, friends and celebrating all things good.
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