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Om for the Holidays

18 Dec

In the United States we love celebrating occasions- Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, un-birthdays, and, of course…Christmas.  Do you “occasionally” find yourself dreading those holiday hassles?

As women, we are particularly 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, 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?Om for the holidays copy

 Meet Santa Yogi.  Santa Yogi reminds us to kick back and breathe through the frenzy of the holiday festivities.   Let this symbol serve as a visual mantra reminding you to transcend the stress and schedules and re-discover the playful side of this colorful holiday.  Namaste. Merry Christmas.  Happy Chanukah.  Happy Kwanzaa.  Happy Boxer Day.

Re-think Christmas

2 Dec

A friend posted this interactive Advent calendar on her Facebook page.

There is a theme for each day of Advent. Take a photo or find one you think reflects this theme. Post it here or on your own Facebook page. Let’s re-think Christmas a little this year.

Tip #12 of Santa’s 12 Tips for Celebrating the holidays- Toast Yourselves for Living Through the Past Year

31 Dec

#12 of Santa’s 12 tips for celebrating the holidays – Toast Yourself for Living Through the Past Year–  Toast yourself for living through one of the worst economic years in our history.

 clay sculpture of Santa with wine glass

Toast Yourself for Living Through the Past Year

Whatever your spiritual tradition, may it be colorful, fun, and filled with goodness.

#11 of Santa’s Tips for Celebrating the Holidays- Enjoy Your Family

27 Dec

#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).

Clay Santa and Mrs. Clause

Enjoy Your Family

“Breathe” Through the Frenzy of the Holidays

25 Dec

Today is Christmas and the 9th day of Santa’s tips for celebrating the holidays.  It’s entitled, “Breathe”  – Yogi Santa (image below) encourages you to relax and breathe in the midst of the frenzy and festivities of the season.  (And while you say you don’t have time, taking a yoga class or two will help you with the whole breathing thing)breathe_cropped

Santa’s Tips for Celebrating Christmas- #8- Give To Others

22 Dec

#8 of Be Brave. Lose the Beige’s tips for celebrating Christmas is – Give to Others- Let generosity be your guide during this holiday season. (That does not necessarily mean, however, overindulging your children)give to others card

#7 of Santa’s 12 Tips for Celebrating Christmas- Eat Forbidden Foods

20 Dec

#7 of Be Brave. Lose the Beige’s Tips for Celebrating Christmas is “Eat Forbidden Foods”  – We diet all year long.  Christmas calls for a vacation from dieting.   And don’t feel guilty.  (OK, so just don’t eat the whole pie)forbidden food Santa