Well good morning...although almost close to afternoon. It has been a pretty busy start to my day. Painting ornaments and trying to get in some home time before I go to teach at the Senior Center. Today is art for the Alzheimer's for Halloween. I am planning on Pumpkin wreath frames. I have a late performance this evening at another Halloween party. Last night's was awesome. The guests were all in costume and they were really well done. the hostess did an outstanding job in decorating and setting the tone for the evening. It was wonderful to be telling scary stories to all adults. I love watching them as they sat and huddled around. That sort of evening is a true pleasure.
Well, today's blog is about Holiday spirit. It was sparked by last night's job. As I watched the adults gathered and having a good time, I thought about what a shame it is that as we get older we sometimes tend to loose out enthusiasm for the holidays. We seem to get so bogged down with all the extraneous things in life that we tend to not take time to just let go and have a good time. I was a revival of the spirit last evening. Everyone was really into their costumes and the décor and the stories. It was a feel good moment. I was sitting here this morning with my friend and we spoke about what a holiday is all about. Is it really about the particular day...or is it about the people that you spend time with, the things you do, the traditions that you follow? Sometimes, reminiscing back helps you to recall what is really most important about the celebration. Being with the people that are part of your life and can share in the same excitement as you. She talked about needed to change their routine for the holiday because of her family having moved away from down the block by her and how important it is for her to be with them. If that is what you need to do..then that is what you should do. I shared with her how I had to change my years of having Christmas Eve to a day in January. I remembered the first time that I no longer had Christmas Eve and it totally bummed me out! I cried the entire evening because my children were no longer spending it with us. they had to go to the other side of the family, it was the same year my mother in law passed away and nothing was ever going to be the same. Then I slapped myself into reality. It was the day....for goodness sakes...it was what we did on that day that was important and so I changed our Christmas Eve to a day in January. My main concern was that I didn't want the granddaughters to not understand or experience the traditions. We spoke about holiday parties that I used to throw and how wonderful they were. Now, I get so wrapped up in the business of the holidays, I have lost some of that holiday spirit and glow that used to burn in my heart. I decided that it was time to make some changes. It is time to rekindle the holidays back to the times when life was happy and fun. Why do we ever let go of that feeling to begin with? I shared with her a story of the Green Pajamas...a quaint story of the love of a child for her hard working mother during the holidays and the importance of making her mother happy with a special gift....and 20 years later...that mother gives a gift to her daughter....who is now a mother....and is now tired and had lost her spirit. Some times I think we need to look back to be able to move forward. Sometimes we need to see what is lost to appreciate a way to find it again. Life is a bowl of cherries...they are delicious, but they also have pits. Just like life. Enjoy the wonderful parts and toss out the rest. When I think about using cherries as an anlagy, I cannot think that while eating cherries, sometime it leaves a stain on your fingers. That is sort of like our past and our traditions. Those stains are the memories...sometimes they are the stain that is hard to remove, so why even try? Take a moment and act like you want to. Laugh from deep inside your belly.. remember how wonderful it is to hear an innocent child laugh with joy and do the same.