But back to December...my absolute favorite time of the year. While I love fall/autumn with all its splendor of colors and pumpkin spices, I am in love with Christmas time. The music, movies, weather, sounds, smells and being with the ones you care about. The holidays just make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It is so nice to get together for the holidays, spending time with friends and family. .I have already decorated our apartment to the nines, the boyfriend calls it the North Pole, (which makes me so proud). I really must have been a Christmas elf in a past life.
Christmas is a time to spread joy, happiness and good cheer to those around us. It seems more and more we need this in the world. It saddens me so much to see the hatred being shared through social media. From the mass shootings to the bullying, we spend more time focusing on the negative that it seems that's all there is. We need so much more compassion, love, understanding and people willing to lend a helping hand when they we can. We need more healers, listening ears, optimistic and gratitude. I saw two things the other day that moved me to tears: 1) There is a website where youth members of the LBGTQ community, who have been disowned or kicked out of their families, can find a family to visit for the holidays. People were opening there homes during Thanksgiving and now for Christmas to give these youngsters a place to come home to. Even now, in the middle of a cafe I am watering up. 2) A family who opens there home every Thanksgiving to let people who are homeless, don't have homes to go to, or just don't want to be alone for the holidays have a place to come to and food to eat. How awesome is that? Makes me happy to say that I am volunteering this weekend, I want to help heal the world, but I need to start in Atlanta.
One of my favorite things during this holiday time is to seek out the special moments most don't see. Like an older couple snuggling up together while walking, a little kid staring at a giant tree in the square, walking through the city while the listening to Christmas music (seeing faces, pretty places), the decorations everywhere, and hot chocolate (I looooooveeee hot chocolate). Last night I noticed while working at my desk how many people facing our apartment have opened their blinds to see our tree. I honestly thing I may be the biggest Christmas fan in our apt complex. Not many people have decorated and I wrapped our entire front door to look like a present. One moment in particular stars in mind, a long couple across the way were snuggled up together and staring up at our tree and lights in the window. It was Hallmark channel perfect, the music was playing "Baby, it's cold outside," and I couldn't help but giggle at the romance of the situation. tee hee
It is easy during this time to get stressed out over the little things, shopping malls, Christmas lists, seeing everyone, budgeting and lets not forget all the amazing, sugary goodness that influxes our way. I totally get it ladies, hot chocolate and christmas cookies are my hips and butts bff's. But we can prevail, we can make it through this time and smile as we go through it. Remember Christmas is not about the latest gadget or biggest fad. Christmas is a time to spend with the ones you love, this also includes yourself. See what I did there? You know I had to throw some self love into the mix. But it is true, we need to remember to take care of ourselves. Spend some time doing something calming, relaxing and personal to you. Remember it is ok to indulge once in a while, but don't beat your self up because of it. Just get back up in the saddle and continue on your journey. Write in your journal, practice gratitude and take yourself on a Christmassy self date.
Ideas for Christmas fun dates (personal, friends or romantic):
- Ice skate
- visit lights landscapes in parks and gardens
- light some candles, grab your favorite book and read while the tree is lit and the music plays.
- talk a walk through the town or city admiring the sights
- gather with friends and have a Christmas gathering, bonus if it is ugly sweater themed
- don't like going to the mall? no problem try an online shopping party. Gather some of your friends and hang out while you guys shop for gifts on your laptops. All in the comfort of your home.
- Sing Christmas songs
- Grab your bestie and go take selfies in ball gowns
- build snowmen when you can
- Bundle up and sip hot chocolate on your porch
- read in front of a fireplace
- Make some Christmas crafts
Disconnection from everything, what I did for Thanksgiving.
As much as I do love the city, I also really love the woods, especially during fall. Our farm has some of the prettiest seasons and fall being the best. Acres and acres of tress, land and animals. I was complete able to be my witchy self and get back in touch with nature. I had a wonderful time being slightly discounted from everything, we have modern luxuries at the main house, so I was able to communicate with the boyfriend. It was awesome not continuously checking my phone or laptop for connection to the outside world. Not gonna lie, it felt good to get away and refresh. Being in nature and connecting with the world about me.