The days that are so packed with the scurry, the over obligated or the left out, no one to celebrate with. Here are 10 tips to enjoy what you have.
1. Simplify: The economy is the perfect reason to ease up. There are studies done that state most people don’t really love the gifts you bought. So gift cards for those you are buying for and lots of love for all others.
2. Caring: doing something caring and inclusive can go a long way to make people feel loved and special. Bake and invite others to help you (the Mark Twain approach) or buy some good not sugar filled cookies and share them at the office, school, etc.
3. Commitment: Don’t over commit. Make the commitments you really want to keep. It doesn’t have to be hard. It’s about the feeling and if it’s not you need new friends and family. Go find new ones. Just kidding, sorta.
4. Hang out with the greatful and speak it out loud about what is great in your lives. Also acknowledge the past and what came before you so you could have what you do including freedom.
5. Be the one : who S L O W S the whole thing down. Smell the snow or the trees or each other. Twitter each others hearts and see if you can just enjoy being and being together.Serve each other
5. Take breaks: to do good things for yourself. Exercise, make great meals and share them, Meditate, go to a spa, walk in the woods or the beach by yourself or with freinds.
6. Alone: If you are alone go to places where you will be with people. If you are alone make the most of some wonderful treat time with just you. All one and alone only one letter apart.
7. Get Interactive: be creative have fun projects to do with others or dig out the board games. WII is fun but Scrabelicious Wow
8. Excess: Yes the sugar counts, Yes the alcohol will make you drunk and possibly stupid, yes overeating will put on the weight. Act with love towards yourself. It’s not about what everyone else is doing it’s about you.
9. Pick a service at a church or temple you have never been to and go there just for a different experience and deep connection.
10. Breathe: Just get ready for the end of the year and all that brings up. Gather and the debris of the past and create a ceremony to release it.
Bonus one. Ask yourself what you really want to get out of these Holy Days? Then do that. It is about becoming whole. That is the real celebration.