This is post #9 of Be Brave. Lose the Beige’s 12 days of New Years Resolutions.
The 2010 holiday season is waning. As women, we are prone to feeling responsible for holidays and special occasions. We shop for the perfect gifts and spend countless hours adorning packages with colorful paper and bows; we make endless trips to the grocery store buying food for feasts; we organize tree trimming gatherings, and climb rickety ladders retrieving lights, ornaments and wreathes to decorate inside and out. We often spend money we don’t have in pursuit of an ideal nestled into our memories leftover from Christmases past. Sometimes those memories don’t match the reality of the frenzy inherent in the festivities. 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, why not try envisioning a different kind of holiday for next year, one that might not feel as harried.
1. Color Your Christmas. Keep the color and delight in the holiday season.
2. Hang Out With Friends- Spend time with friends and loved ones during this holiday season.
3. Do Traditional things- Trim a “real tree” not an artificial one. Make the holiday authentic.
4. Go on Vacation – Use the holiday season as an excuse to take a much needed vacation.
5. Enjoy Others’ Traditions – There is Chanukah, Ramadan, Quanza, Boxing Day. Christmas isn’t the only celebration occurring during this season.
6. Sing Holiday Songs- throw your head back and sing those traditional favorites.
7. Eat Forbidden Foods – Take a vacation from dieting during this holiday season.
8. Give to Others – let generosity be your guide during this holiday season.
9. Breathe – relax and breathe in the midst of the frenzy and festivities of the season.
10. Enjoy Your Family – Pause amid the Christmas chaos and spend precious time with those you love.
11. Ask for Toys – don’t let the kids get all the toys; ask for a few for yourself.