As Christmas nears and the temperature drops, many of us find ourselves 'nesting' in for the winter. We are comfortable coming home at the end of a long day, sipping a bowl of soup, slipping into our footed PJ's, and curling up on the sofa with a big mug o' hot chocolate while watching the endless run of Christmas movies on TV over and over. Not that there is anything wrong with Christmas movies - I have a few that are a 'must watch' each year. We know the plots, we can recite the dialogue, and yet we continue to tune in for Christmas movie marathons with glazed and heavy eyes. Is it because they are showing on every channel except QVC (which is another story of it's own)? Well, fret no more....there are other things to do during the season. Put that remote down, wrap up and venture outside your front door!
While I like a nice, cozy night at home as much as the next person, I want to be out in the middle of happy, holiday people. Folks are celebrating, dancing, and singing about the joy of the season. You can always find a cantata at a local church somewhere to lift your spirits. The shopping destinations are full of smiling, happy people who are enjoying being out and in the thick of things. No matter if it's snowing, blowing, or just plain brrrrrrrrr cold, people are reveling in it. Kids are out caroling, sitting for pictures with Santa, ooohing and aaahing at all of the Christmas decorations and lights. And, of course, happy folks everywhere are out searching for that perfect tree. Perhaps there is an ice skating rink in your hometown, and it is filled with skaters sporting flying scarves and matching hats and gloves. Parties abound, hosted by companies, friends and families. There is tinsel everywhere, and offerings of special confections that only appear only at this time of year to ruin your diet, but are oh! so worth it. And don't forget the music! Whether you attend a performance, or join a group for caroling, the music at this time of year is bound to make you feel good.
We are constantly reminded by life coaches, counselors, motivational messages, etc., to 'live in the moment' and to be involved. Well, I can't think of a better time to heed that advice. There is a warmness of heart during the season that invites everyone to be included in the festivities. Get out and be a part of something! And remember, no matter what you choose to get out and do, those Christmas movies will still be showing when you get home.