Give, and add some magic to your moments
“All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” was written by Donald Carter in 1944 when he was teaching music at public schools in Smithtown, New York. He asked his second grade class what they wanted for Christmas, and noticed that almost all of the students had at least one front tooth missing as they answered in a lisp. The children may have had a different answer to Gardner’s simple question however the song became a big hit and has been recorded by many artists including the Chipmunks.
What do you want for your holidays this year? One of the best things we can do is to give some thought to what we would like to experience whether we’re traveling across town or across the country to celebrate. When we are intentional about what matters to us, we increase the potential for positive outcomes with families and friends. Here are a few suggestions that could put a twinkle in your eye and add a little more magic to your moments.
How about starting some new traditions? There are simple things like baking and decorating; timeless activities such as ice skating or caroling, or playing board games. Watching old movies together with a group of friends is fun and relaxing. Regardless of what we are doing, being together with others is what’s important.
Our mild weather provides many gifts too. An outing to the beach is perfect for writing holiday messages in the wet sand and taking photos to use for greeting cards or personalized newsletters. A walk in the park renews the spirit and could add a few pine cones that dazzle up your décor. Mountain areas are less than two hours away, a perfect getaway for long walks, hikes, and even zip lining when it gets too hectic on the home front.
Sharing an extra dose of joy, kindness, beauty and love also has generous returns for the giver. We can help out at a homeless shelter, serve holiday meals, or lend a hand with a local toy or food drive for those less fortunate. And, a little extra compassion and understanding will go a long way in busy malls, crowded grocery stores, and higher-than-normal traffic.
Finally, what about the art of gift-giving? It doesn’t matter whether we have it down to a science. Beyond what’s wrapped in paper and bows, what matters most is that we give from our heart–that our spirit is engaged and connected to the reason for the season. That’s what makes holidays meaningful and memorable. Isn’t that what we all want?