With Thanksgiving 2012 an event in the past, we now are moving full tilt with our preparations for the next big event for this year, Christmas! The stores are, or in some cases have been, stocked with decorations , gift ideas and the commercials that are inundating us with what the simply "have" to buy to be happy, to be like our neighbors, to be able to relate to our co- workers, and others that are encountered, even by chance. This time of "peace on earth" can quite rapidly become a "stress on earth" that is so unnecessary. We all want to celebrate, but it is how we celebrate that is important.
Some of the major components of the Christmas Season, in the area that I live, are gatherings, food, and in some cases an exchange of tokens ( gifts). Stop for just moment and look at what was just read. Gatherings.... could be you and the person you love.....could be your immediate family, or extended family..... could be friends and/or co-workers. This is not brain surgery!!! Communicate a time and place to "gather", and there it is!! Options are much more accessible now than ever before. Could be Facebook, Twitter, email, personal blog ( like this one) or you could text message, or actually call and invite these lucky individuals that you have chosen. Some people still use the old fashioned way of sending an invite in the mail!! Keep these lists simple...it makes things simple in the long run, and vow to take time to enjoy each step of the way!
Now, the food part. Well, I have to admit that this could, with very little effort, evolve into a situation that would cause an elevation in blood pressure, even for those of you who normally don't need to worry about this aspect of your health. Are you up for trying something "new"? If so, allow me to share some ideas with you... I know a number of bloggers ( not as many as you do, but I'm new, and working on it) and have tried many of the recipes that have been posted. My sister, at Older Mummy Still Yummy is the Martha Stewart of our family. Trust me, her recipes are tried and true and there are enough of them that you could find everything from appetizers to main meals. Be adventurous for a change and make this the Christmas Season that you think of YOU for a change.
Now for the third part! Again, I feel that simplicity is the answer. Home made is great and always a super alternative to spending your hard earned money. However, if you, like me, are the type of person who does not have a creative gene in your entire gene pool, than it might be better to access someone else's home for unique and cost effective gifts. A great place to go is any market or craft sale in your area. Another place that I, personally can vouch for is Oak Lawn Images. Amazing cards and photos and something that will personalize a gift for even the most difficult person on your list.! Check out the site from the comfort of your sofa and with a hot cup of tea/coffee with you. Now that is a win-win recipe if ever I saw one!!
Now, I am not naive enough to believe that your life or mine either, for that matter, will be changed as a result of this post. But maybe..... just perhaps... it might make the Christmas Celebration of 2012 just a wee bit less stressful and consequently a wee bit happier..... and that for sure, is a good thing.
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It truly is a time of celebration. It is not important what your particular religious beliefs may be, it is important to be aware of those around us and to realize that each of us is on this planet for a very brief time and our job is to make the most of that time.
I particularly love the cartoon pictured above, that was initially illustrated by Charles Schultz. It is the people around our home/tree, not what we have that make it all worth while.
--photos courtesy of Google Images--