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Try something new this holiday season

Posted on December 9, 2016 | Comments

Timing for my newspaper column came up fast this month yet an idea for what to share was feeling slower than molasses in January. No wonder. Checking my past five essays for December seemed to pretty much cover everything. Not so according to a quick search of writing topics for the holiday season. Several suggestions from “54 Christmas Writing Ideas” had a few sugar plum thoughts dancing in my head. And, “Creative Writing Prompts about Hanukkah” produced more possibilities.

Just as the next few weeks offer many ideas to write about, the way we celebrate them is as unique to each of us as the DNA of a snowflake—no two are ever alike especially those treasured traditions that we associate with this time of the year. There are times when we continue to follow certain traditions because our children, our spouse, our parents, or our friends love the customs and we love these people. When traditions become a burden, cause unnecessary stress, or just aren’t fun anymore, it could be time for a change, to “mix it up a bit” or go to Plan B all together. I’m speaking from experience.

Last year I had no plans for Christmas day. At first I wasn’t sure how it would feel, or if I wanted to hurry and figure something out so I wouldn’t be without something to do on Christmas day. With more thought, I decided it would be fun to see what “showed up” and be willing to try something new and different which is exactly what happened.

An invitation to join a friend and her hubby for breakfast turned into a delightful gathering at the Ayres Hotel with eight friendly folks from our laughter class. Afterward, the joyful time continued when I decided to people watch at Disneyland from a comfortable spot between the two parks. I finished up my day sitting by the fireplace in the beautifully decorated lobby of the Grand Hotel listening to the pianist play holiday tunes. It truly was a very merry day.

So, as the holidays approach, here’s an idea—give heartfelt thought to what really matters to you this holiday season and give quality time to those activities. Then, be willing to let go of anything that no longer feels right and be open to creating something new and different. And, consider taking that approach into 2017. Cheers!

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1 Comment

  1. Thanks!
    I’m spending my first Christmas of my 62 years…alone by choice! Glad yours was a grand experience!
    Carry on!

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