planning.jpg (245684 bytes)Take Full Advantage Of The Holidays

A quiet time to plan, sometimes I carve out time to stop and plan my days and weeks ahead. On Saturday morning for the first time in a while I had the space in my schedule to do some planning. I found an entire morning to peacefully plan a weekís worth of menus and to consider the upcoming holidays. This all happened because I was suffering from allergies and my new friend sinus headache would not go home. I think I was in planning mode because the holidays are coming up and I wanted to take full advantage of them.

thanksfood.jpg (111689 bytes)Take full advantage of the holidays? Odd way to put it, but as I looked out the window to a dreary day I realized that it is so simple to miss the excitement, wonder and happiness. Itís easy to miss because the doom and gloom on the news, the stress at work or the pile of obligations youíre facing. But if I stop and take the time to plan I can have some fulfilling experiences this Christmas.  Maurice started our holiday planning with the premise that we are not tied to obligations and customs. As I was planning I emailed him and asked what would he like to do on Thanksgiving and he sent me his list which included sleeping late and working out. Something that is not on my list is making a grand Thanksgiving dinner.  Perhaps one day if I am a grandmother I will feel inspired to do this but not yet.  It all begins by asking yourself what do I like, and by accepting what you do not like, even if it is one of those things that you are supposed to do.

christmasorn.jpg (856504 bytes)I enjoy decorating the house and for the last week I have been perusing pictures on the Better Homes & Gardens decorating page. It has been visually inspiring and for me just looking at things beautiful is fulfilling. Iíve wandered through garden centers, craft stores and the Christmas department of a variety of stores and simply enjoyed looking at the merchandise displayed.  Iíve noticed the new decorating trends, for example this year if you wanted to decorate for Christmas with black itís available at Wal-Mart. Purple is hard to find but it is out there.  Iím also seeing more and more flameless candles and they are improving looking more real with some even sporting festive glitter. To some this may seem like a big waste of time, but I thoroughly enjoy it. How about you what will you include in your holiday plans this year?

ďChristmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Todayís Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday. Ė Gladys Tabor