Friday, December 24, 2010

Something about Cheer!

There are reasons that I don't like to explain about why I don't care for the holiday season. It isn't just one thing, or one year. It is more than I like to count. It is a time that my nerves go on edge and there are more days than I like where staying in bed sounds like the best gift imaginable.

This year I decided that enough is enough. There are plenty of reasons to keep going on with this Scrooge or Grinch-esque attitude, but that is the past. The hold that it has had on me must stop this year. It is a new time for making my own cheer.

My husband and I celebrate our five year wedding anniversary next weekend, the 2nd of January. We were friends for six months, and he became the light over that tough holiday period for me. January 2nd is the day that we confessed that we loved each other, and four years later, we were married. Now nine years has passed and he is still the light of life.

Two weeks ago, we went to Orlando to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and DisneyWorld to celebrate. Everywhere was dressed up for Christmas and my heart became light with everything around me. We drank butterbeer and walked the streets of Hogsmeade, gawked at the lights on Cinderella's Castle, and marveled at the Whos make-up while walking around in Whoville. I came home from this trip more relaxed and with heightened spirits.

There is also a promise that was made to myself to not think of the negative things. With the loss of someone special and my dad's triple bypass surgery, it was something that I had to do for the sake of my sanity. To help do away with the negative, I surrounded myself with the positive and that is now the goal. What can I do to help increase the positivity during the holiday season?

During the holidays, we hope to start this decade with new traditions and memories. The Orlando trip helped (as well as the England/France trip from two years ago), adopting our two kitties, and even new traditions for the holidays. The ones we decided on so far was to make homemade pizza, butterbeer, play games, and watch Christmas movies (The Muppet Christmas Carol and Die Hard are at the top of my list).

The negative things can really help determine what person we can be, to show ourselves our strengths and weaknesses, and challenge us to become a better than we were before. The positive things can drive us to do more good for our health, our sanity, and reawaken the gift of every day we have to live. I know that I can live through the bad, and I know that I can live in the good. This year has proven that more good is yet to come and the bad can worsen if I let it.

May your holidays to be filled with light, laughter, and love.

Natasha

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