Now’s the time to celebrate!
Day 11 1/2 – Gather your friends and family around you, eat drink and be merry! Relax and enjoy this time together. It may be hectic, children running, dogs barking, cats hiding from these ridiculous humans…
Just soak it all in and laugh.
And now we say good-bye to you all and wish you the best this holiday, we are off to enjoy our families.
Music is one of the best ways to lift your spirits. You knew we were eventually going to go here didn’t you?
Day 10 1/2 – Caroling – We hesitate to suggest this as a way to lift your mood on the off-chance you might ask one of us to sing. Be forewarned, this would be a terrible mistake.
In MB’s childhood home, Holiday Sing-along with Mitch was big. We often watched the Mitch Miller Show and sang along to the bouncing red ball. The thing is we didn’t sing well. We had a lot of fun though.
Must Be Santa was a big hit with us, even today we all sing along when we hear it.
For our children, it was the Muppets Christmas with John Denver or Disney Sing Along
Caroling with family is a great deal of fun. Be forgiving of those who can’t necessarily carry a tune but wish to take part, encourage those that can sing to lead and let your music ring out.
As our children matured, their tastes in carols changed a bit. And they cringed a lot when their parents sang-along.
If you really can’t bring yourself to sing in a group, then go to one of the free caroling events in your area. Karaoke anyone? Whether you Sing, Hum or Lip Sync, try caroling to keep the merry in Christmas this year.
Be sure to click on the links and sing along!
We often wish that our parents and grandparents had kept a written account of their childhood for future generations.
Day 9 1/2 – Write – Our 12 Days of Christmas are written to help you find serenity during this hectic holiday season. Keeping a diary is a wonderful way to not only reflect back on your day and express gratitude but to preserve your history for future generations.
Our advice would be to keep a separate piece of paper nearby if you feel the need to vent, then destroy it just as soon as you’re done. No need to save that for prosperity’s sake.
The journal should include names, whether they are a friend or a relative, dates and the experiences you shared.
We’d love to know how our childhood Christmases were different from our grandmothers.
I know that my parents grew up during the Great Depression so they usually received a hand-carved toy, rarely was it painted. On really good years they also received an orange. I don’t know if anyone came to visit, what they had for Christmas dinner, if Santa Claus was a fixture in their childhood.
Writing about everything you are grateful for helps improve your attitude.
Purchase a beautifully bound journal, have everyone in the family write a memory in it, add a few pictures, pass it down through the generations. Or start a private family blog where everyone can add their memories. Family members can read it anytime they like.
Documenting your family history is a truly a gift that keeps on giving.
As is usually the case during the holiday season, I got so busy yesterday with my day jobs, shuttling back and forth to the airport and celebrating my birthday that Day 6’s blog got lost in the shuffle. So welcome to Day 6 and 1/2!
Day 6 1/2 – Game Night – This has long been a tradition in my family although we don’t limit it to Christmas. We starting having game night when I was just a child. My mother bought a game called Tripoley, popped up a big batch of popcorn, and taught us to play.
Game night has evolved through the years, we have had marathon nights of Risk where the last 2 players were still competing the next morning while everyone else had fallen asleep. We have tried quite a few new games and added a few to the regular mix. Two of our current favorites are Telestrations and Camel Up Supercup. Telestrations had us laughing so hard we had tears in our eyes.
Game night is a great way to de-tress, stop focusing on the things that need to be done during the holidays and reconnect with loved ones. Enjoy those fresh-baked Christmas cookies from The Twelve Days of Christmas – Day 3 while engaging in some friendly competition. Be ready to laugh, tease and create some great memories.
We are always open to new ideas, what board games do you recommend?
Let the games begin!
S and I decided to pump up our Christmas spirit by driving through nearby neighborhoods to see the Christmas light displays. We chose a relatively warm Colorado evening so that we could make Golden’s awesome river-walk and the thousands of lights strung there our starting point.
Our stroll was relaxing if not a bit brisk. The gentle sounds as the water flowed past, an occasional dog barking, laughter in the distance all while being bathed in the colorful light, made the walk so serene.
My favorite is and always will be the giant tree in front of the visitors center. I am in awe of the work it must take to deck out that tree.
A big thank you to the workers that make it so. It is breathtakingly beautiful. This year they decorated the trees in the park too.
After visiting the river-walk, we stopped for appetizers before starting our drive-by viewings. Of course, stopping to eat means an hour or so of girl talk coupled with lots of laughter, which also helps get us in the Christmas mood.
So often we spend so much time preparing for the Holidays that we forget to stop and enjoy the efforts of others.
I admit to decorating my house both inside and out, not only for myself but for my neighbors and my visitors. Whether you choose to decorate or not, please feel free to drive-by and enjoy mine. Isn’t that what we are saying when we light up our homes? I have gone almost completely solar for outdoor decorations along with using LED lights inside as I dislike the January power bill if I don’t! Ha! Candles work well to create the right ambiance too. I truly hope it makes anyone who sees it happy.
Some choose a whimsical theme, while others opt for more traditional. It makes no difference to us, they are all uplifting.
The meaning behind the holiday is what’s important, where our focus should be. The spirit of giving, sharing, caring. Each of us expresses our interpretation of its definition in our own way, whether it be in our decorations, our greetings or our mood.
Our evening was a success, we managed to get back into the spirit of things, now we can move forward enjoying laughter, food and libations with friends and family while reminiscing about past memories, and planning new ones.
We’d be interested in hearing where you go to see Holiday displays, we are always up for a road trip!