A couple of years ago, I put together a short online workshop on how to simplify your holiday celebrations. I thought for those of you who may have missed it, you might want the opportunity to work your way through the simple thoughtful practices.
You can find Day One at the following link:
A Simple Christmas Workshop – Day One
I hope you find these exercises helpful.
Another important aspect of holiday celebrations is the location of your festivities, and sometimes even on the view you have while celebrating.
For example, there’s something about the sight of boats decorated with
Christmas lights and reflecting off the water that says “Christmas Eve” to me like nothing else. I think it’s because when I was little, my grandparents lived on Lake Washington and we had a view of that sight out their front window every year on Christmas Eve when we gathered at their house for our annual family dinner. Continue reading
I remember the very first time I ever read Unplug the Christmas Machine and how much it impacted me to realize that I’d let go of far too many of my favorite parts of Christmas in favor of things that really didn’t mean that much to me. For example, I remember having a lightbulb moment when I realized that for me, it just didn’t “feel” like Christmas unless I made it to downtown Seattle when the department store windows were decorated and I could see the Bon Marche’ (now Macy’s) star lit overhead. Continue reading
This assignment involves others. If you have a spouse or significant other, children still living at home, or others in your household who you’ll need to mesh your holiday plans with, this would be a good time to have them go through the first four days’ of Simple Christmas exercises.
Allow them some time alone with their thoughts to answer and think about the questions for themselves, and then get together and compare notes. Continue reading
Here’s your next personal Christmas contemplation:
Take some time alone with your thoughts (at least five or ten quiet minutes) and think back to a favorite childhood memory from the holidays.
Conjure up a clear, distinct picture in your mind of the moment. Continue reading