Tag Archives: Christmas

Santa’s 12 Tips for Celebrating Christmas- “Color Your Christmas”

9 Dec

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.  

 Hope your holiday this year is “ideal”. 

 

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Santa’s Tips for Celebrating Christmas- “Go on Vacation”

22 Dec

This is Day 4 of Santa’s 12 tips for Celebrating Christmas.  Today’s tip — Go on Vacation- Ok, so this idea may be far from traditional (see Day 3) but sometimes you might just need to use the holiday season as an opportunity to take a much needed vacation.   Even if Christmas or Chanukah is about family, sometimes one needs a break from family.  Going away provides just such an excuse.

SANTA’S TIP FOR CELEBRATING AN IDEAL CHRISTMAS- HANG OUT WITH FRIENDS

19 Dec

This is day two of “Santa’s 12 Tips for Celebrating an Ideal Christmas.” Today’s tip is “Hang Out with Friends”. The sculpture features Santa, arm in arm with his pal, Frosty the Snowman. The holiday season between Thanksgiving and Christmas is often fraught with frenzy. Try to set aside at least a little time to just hang out with your pals.

Color Your Christmas

16 Dec

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 an Ideal Christmas”. These are clay sculptures I created which have been made into Christmas cards. 

The name of my little art company is ideaLizms. ideaLizms inspires and encourages people 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.  

 Hope your holiday this year is “ideal”. 


Santa’s 12 Tips for Celebrating Christmas

26 Dec

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.

 12.     Toast Yourself for Living Through one of the worse economic years in our history.

 

Santa’s Tips for Celebrating an Ideal Christmas

28 Oct

Christmas is approaching.  It’s déj vu all over again as we face the prospect of endless shopping trips for perfect presents and food for feasts.  We will make the annual pilgrimage to our attics, climbing rickety ladders retrieving ornaments, strands of burned out lights, and ceramic Santas.  Garland and gifts gradually take over guest rooms.  We will watch Miracle on 34th Street for the 34th time up to our elbows in cookie dough and wrapping paper. We often spend money we don’t have in pursuit of an ideal nestled into our memories leftover from Christmases past.  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, this year, why not try envisioning a different kind of holiday, one that might not feel as harried.  Perhaps we just need a reminder to help us escape from the stress and schedules and re-discover the playful side of this colorful holiday.

“Santa’s 12 Tips for an Ideal Christmas” can help serve as that reminder.  Go to www.idealizms.com to check out these Christmas cards with tips from Santa to help make the holiday season more enjoyable.  Cards such as, “Breathe” features Santa seated in a lotus position on a yoga matt, and “Color Your Christmas” with Santa draped in colorful Christmas lights, are designed to inspire your holiday season.  Interior reads, “Hope Your Holiday is Ideal”.