Tag Archives: Holidays

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.

#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

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

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”. 


Lady Boomers are “Om for the Holidays”

8 Jan

I was afforded the distinct pleasure of helping facilitate an “Om for the Holidays” mini-retreat in December with a group of fabulous Lady Boomers.  Aside from the great conversational exchanges and chocolate communion (yes, that’s right, Chocolate Communion…who says communion always has to include wafers and wine?), we engaged in a journaling exercise in which we envisioned what our ideal holiday season would look like.  A couple of the women agreed to share their visions in this blog.

Linda Solash Reed wrote…

family – whose? choose?

Time travel -unravel-pound the


Warm -cold air- snuggling

blankets, furry friends

Food lots of food, comfort

gravy smooth crowded table

all ages all friends all strangers

Ecstasy -chanting uplifting

rising rising rising

The core, What is the core?

Quantum strings carry the

Universe’s beat vibrating

over and over forever and

ever long as it ever was it is.

Donna Borko wrote….

A “Lounging at the Beach Holiday”


I awaken to the sound of seagulls calling and the surf lapping the sand. I

share a quiet breakfast with my sister or a friend on the patio. Then curl

up on a beach chair to read a good book, followed by a scrumptious lunch and

a stroll along the beach. We let the waves splash cool water over our feet

and even sit in the water to allow the salty sea to soothe our body and

spirit. Later as the sun sets and kisses the horizon with its warm and

glowing rays of departing light, we know that we have been touched by the

love of God, nature, and the love of family and friends. We have quietly

shared together the joys of our peaceful day together.


Santa’s Tips for Celebrating the Holidays

31 Dec

It’s December 31st, 2011.  The holidays are coming to a close.  Here are Santa’s final tips for celebrating the holidays:

Santa’s Tip #11-Enjoy Your Family-  Pause amid the holiday 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).

Tip #12-  Toast yourself for living through one of the worst economic years in our history.


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

Santa’s Tip #8 for Celebrating the Holidays- “Give to Others”

28 Dec

#8 in my “Santa’s 12 tips for Celebrating an Ideal Christmas” series is, “Give to Others”. The sculpture (see below) features Santa Claus distributing presents from his gift bag. Santa’s tip- let generosity be your guide during this holiday season.