There is holiday music being played in every store, bringing back memories of past holidays spent with family and friends, from fun songs like “Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer” that can get you in the holiday spirit to the more melancholy “I Will Be Home for Christmas” that can take you back to childhood memories of a Christmas past. There are so many holiday movies that are on television right now, as well. It’s almost impossible to not catch “It’s a Wonderful Life” on TV. And don’t forget the many Ugly Sweater parties that that many will be attending during this time of year.
In addition to music and movies and parties, this is also the time of year that many send holiday cards to friends and family, sharing the memories of the past year. It is also the season of giving and volunteering, donating is especially important during this time of year.
A new tradition that seems to have taken shape in the past few years is “Elf on the Shelf”. This phenomenon is creating new family traditions.
The next few days will have shoppers bustling from store to store to find that final perfect gift. They will also be shopping for their final ingredients for that delicious holiday recipe and finishing up decorating the tree and wrapping gifts. Out of town relatives will begin to arrive and celebrations will be planned it is the “most wonderful time” of the year.
So take a breath, enjoy the childhood wonder of children visiting Santa for the first time, lighting the Menorah during Hanukkah, putting up a Nativity scene, lighting the kinara during Kwanzaa, or other traditions to show your love the season that celebrates the good in this world. Make sure you create wonderful memories with your family and friends. Savor every moment but don’t forget to take time for yourself. Sit by the fire and enjoy the warmth of the flame along with the warmth of spending time with your friends, family, and enjoy the season.