Tuesday, December 16, 2008

In search of holiday cheer

Christmas, in case you haven't noticed, is not far away. Depending on your bah-humbug level, that's either great news, or very, very bad. For those of you on the side of crawling into bed until it's all over, I'm here to perk you up. You can control and even beat those bah-humbug tendencies.

Now as much as I'd love to believe that those of you who stop by this blog, also stop by my website and by the new www.welcometoserenitybook.com site, it may not be so. If you haven't been there yet, I encourage you to stop by, if only to click on the serene thoughts section and look for my 7 Tips to Avoid the Holiday Blues. I'm not going to reinvent that list here; it's all spelled out in the article I wrote for that site. I am here to tell you that the ideas work. Believe me, I've done most of them at one time or another.

Not that I'm a Christmas Scrooge. This is my very favorite time of the year. But I will admit that living far from family can be a downer, especially once I've done all my gift shopping, wrapping and shipping and the cards are on their way. So I turn to some of the suggestions on the list to keep my spirits high.

For instance, I've organized three gatherings over the next few days. Only one involves cooking on my part -- thank goodness for all concerned. I've shopped for children's books and toys and dropped them off for Toys for Tots. And I'm trying out some new cookie recipes just to fill the house with the scent of sugar and cinnamon and chocolate. I've found designated recipients, so all those calories don't wind up in me.

And though the thought of hauling out my tree in the midst of a deadline does not hold a lot of appeal, I am digging in boxes for some of my favorite Santas from my collection and other items that will make this place festive, but not add to my stress level. Think about it, one treasured decoration placed where you can see it, will sometimes do the trick. Of course, I love all the holiday lights, so I intend to roam around to every tree I can spot and pretend it's mine. I've pretty much adopted the massive tree on the Village Green as my own personal marker of good cheer. Let the community think it belongs to them. I know better.

There are so many ways to keep the spirit of the season alive. I'd love to have you share some of yours, either here by clicking on comments, or at www.welcometoserenitybook.com.

Meantime, my very best wishes to all of you for the merriest holiday season ever and a new year filled with blessings.


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