Our perception of the holidays determines the amount of fun and laughter we experience. Follow this tongue-in-cheek sage advice and you’ll be belly laughing all the way until New Year’s!
These suggestions will help you navigate those dinner-time conversations when embarrassing questions are asked about your upcoming engagement, pregnancy, or promotion. If you are single, like me, there are often questions about when we are going to grow up or get a real job? This is for you! We all need a better sense of humor when spending time with family members and loved ones.
- When someone asks you a question you don’t want to answer pretend you didn’t hear and ask for more mashed potatoes.
- When asked how many cats or dogs you now have tell the inquiring person you are starting your own non-profit shelter and have a no kill policy.
- When your children are critiqued by grandma or grandpa, smile at the octogenarian and tell them that you encourage creativity and individuality, rather than following the crowd. You are raising an individual, a world-changer. World changers are different and bounce to a different beat. Thanks for noticing Grandma! Don’t forget to tell her how much you appreciate her wisdom and input.
- If someone tells you that you have gained weight, tell them that you just won a hot dog eating contest and haven’t taken all your winnings off as yet.
- If you are a vegan or vegetarian, you can just as easily answer the above question about weight gain that you are trying out a new collagen booster and it may look as if you have gained weight, but it is really just collagen.
- If you are slaving in the kitchen and no one is helping, tell your guests that the good news is that they get to eat today! The bad news is that they get to help put dinner together! Get some help. Don’t do everything yourself.
- I have a very dysfunctional family. I smile and nod a lot while eating my food. I don’t get triggered by their attempts to put me down for being a “hippie coach,” or “whatever you do….”
- Eat less and chew more. When we are upset our digestive system doesn’t work as well. Anxiety and food don’t mix. Breathe and smile. Know that you are only connected by DNA. Love, love, love is what they all need.
- As the penguins in the movie, Madagascar say, “Smile and wave boys! Smile and wave!” Know you will be leaving soon and this holiday will be a fond memory before you know it! Tell family members how much you love them, no matter how annoying they might be after several days.
- Make your presence the important part of Christmas, rather than the presents the focus. Time spent in conversation with loved ones mean so much to those we don’t see often. Enjoy them while you have them, life is short and we all end up taking a dirt nap at the end of our road, so make the time while you are here happy and enjoyable. Don’t get caught up in who did what to whom. You are no longer 8! Remember forgiveness is Divine!
Wishing you a wonderful and Merry Christmas. Smile more and breathe deeply. There is plenty of time to sleep at the end of the road! For me, Christmas is a noisy fare with the new addition of my four-month-old grandson I wouldn’t miss his bright smiling face for the world! I’m having what he’s having, a very full and open heart!
For those alone for the holidays, having been there myself, I found in the past that giving to others made me feel good. I volunteered at soup kitchens or helped out a neighbor by dog sitting. You always have a choice of how to handle your personal situation. Anything that can help eliminate stress (like laughter) will help you maintain your immune function and peaceful state of mind. Watching nostalgic movies might put you over the edge, where something hilarious like National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation could have you belly laughing and spitting your popcorn across the room.
I wish you a wonderful and Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. Tread softly and spread the love. Smile more and breathe deeply. There is plenty of time to sleep at the end of the road! I am spending the holiday with my new grandson, Emmett, and his family. A baby’s first Christmas is not one I want to miss. We just don’t know what tomorrow may bring, make the best of today, no matter what.
Venus Retrograde begins on December 19th and runs all the way through January 29, 2022. Be sure to have your shopping done before December 19th, so that you don’t overspend or hate what you bought.
Mercury Retrograde begins January 14 and we have four of those bad boys in 2022.