November 1, 2016

Don’t Be Fooled!

Last night was an enjoyable evening walking around the neighborhood, looking at all the Halloween decorations, and enjoying another autumn evening.  Yet, this past weekend at the pharmacy and grocery store, I was visually overloaded with a not so subtle reminder that Christmas is around the corner, approximately 8 weeks away!  If that wasn’t a challenge to my balance, knowing that I only have one half of my Christmas cards written out, and I haven’t created my holiday season that I want to have!

Last year’s Christmas season started out as dismal as can be!  Early December I spent a few days in a hospital for pain management while awaiting my December 21st, right hip replacement.  I didn’t participate in any festive activities other than watching  Jeff gradually decorate our home.  He did a great job, yet I was not in the holiday spirit. 

I returned home from the surgery on December 24th, slept and awoke Christmas Day feeling great!  I won’t bore you with details of my holiday week, but let it be known that it was one of the nicest Christmases I’ve had in years.  From this I learned how the stresses of the holiday season may limit your  enjoyment of the most wonderful time of the year.   I hadn’t participated in any merrymaking, sent cards, nor purchase any presents.  I didn’t cook or bake and wasn’t in a position to worry about it!  Yet, it was a wonderful Christmas and New Year staying home and truly appreciating the magic of the season.

This brings me to the central point of today’s blog post. Today, I am healthier, then I have been in years, yet feel no need to resume holiday activities I so enjoyed prior to 2011.  It occurred to me that many of the holiday habitual activities, had little to do with the holiday, but were a result of radio and television advertisements that were creating meaning for everyday products specifically marketed to make ones holiday festive, not necessarily meaningful.  I would never pish-pish anyone’s desire to create a magical time of the year, but I learned, not by choice, that holidays are most meaningful when you feel great and are with the people you love most!  

Here are a few of the things I hope to do this holiday season:

-Don’t take on more than you can do.

-Don’t abandon healthy habits. (diet & exercise)

-Think about what’s worked on previous holidays and dismiss tedious/laborious activities.

I think you get the gist of what I’m trying to say, all the material trappings did not contribute to my wonderful Christmas.  What made my last Christmas so remarkable was my improved health, wonderful family and friends, and realistic expectations rather than what could or should be according to the hype and media that surrounds the holidays!

My Week in Pictures!


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  1. Jeff Mascena says:

    You are making me hurry the falling leaves so that we have room to put the new snow. I never have been so excited to see a season change. Long may you run.


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