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It’s Beginning To Feel A Lot Like…
It’s. Almost. DECEMBER. I am the biggest holiday geek ever. I absolutely adore anything with twinkle lights, I love Christmas trees, and evergreen everywhere, and red and green anything. I’m that girl oohing and ahhing as we drive past Christmas lights, even if it’s February and they’re starting to fall off the roof.
And now we’re almost to December. Which means that Christmas is about to descend on us like an avalanche of candy canes and tinsel garland. I’m so happy. Even if you aren’t walking with me through planning your perfect holiday with the Crazy Whole Holiday Helper I would love for you to join me in walking through the season of Advent, to Christmas (or come along as you prepare for the holiday you celebrate this month). (More Advent resources here.)
Starry Eyed & Wonder Struck
We adults don’t spend enough time with stars in our eyes. We’re too hard to wow, jaded and pretty sure we know everything at this point. I quite frankly am done with being an adult. As a species I think we’d be much better off if we all gave it up as a failed experiment. The world does not need more super serious women and men marching off to work in suits and ties (or whatever uniform you like).
But the world could use a whole lot more of us walking around with our mouths hanging open like stunned fish.
Have you ever been present when a so-called-adult sees snow for the first time in their life? I’m not sure you can experience snow the first time without going wide eyed, without laughing, smiling, jumping into it, grabbing handfuls of the stuff, throwing it in the air, dancing around and generally rising to the level of a preschooler for a few precious minutes.
You know that feeling? I get it every winter when the first snow falls. I jump out of bed and peek out the curtain and I get that little thrill that so many of us remember from childhood.
So let’s make a pact you and I (all of us here). Let’s be kids again this December. To heck with stuffy rules and keeping up appearances. I want to oh and ah over decorations. Let’s catch snowflakes on our tongues and decorate gingerbread men with wiggly lines and half melted red hots. I want to spend long winter nights laughing with my family over some silly board game, or curled up under blankets watching animated TV specials with songs we can sing in our sleep. How about you?
Because here’s what’s best about the holidays (no matter who are you, or what you believe): they invite us into wonder. Christmas, secular or religious invites us to become children again. To believe in magic, and to make magic. The whole of December fills up with excuses to not be quite so serious, to have a little fun.
Wonder & Joy is Holiness
I really believe that we are most human when we are sharing joy with others. Joy and wonder is holiness. We were made to be gobsmacked by a sunset over the mountains, or a thunderstorm over the ocean. We were made to stare up at the stars and for just a moment feel that we’re made out of the same stuff as they. And that’s bloody brilliant. It’s amazing. I don’t care if you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Pagan, or anything else you care to name. You are closest to the Holy when you experience a moment of awe, and when you share it with others. It doesn’t matter that they experience that moment differently than you, it doesn’t matter what we call the season, or what we name Divinity. In the end, those are all details. In the end those things aren’t about Holiness Herself, they are about we human beings who need names and structures and categories for things. Our experience is limited, what is there to experience, is not.
This year I’m putting away my “it’s still Advent, stop celebrating Christmas” grumpy pants. I’m encouraging us all to celebrate (whatever we celebrate) with our whole beings. This is Crazy Whole Life’s first ever Blogmas and we’re going to do it up right. Every week I’ve got an article on tap to help you have a cozy, peaceful, joyful December. And if you’d like an extra dose of Christmas fun I invite you to sign up for my Blogmas Extras! Enter your information below and you’ll get a weekly Blogmas email every Sunday in December. This Blogmas I’ll be inviting you into my holiday preparations and celebrations, giving you a peak into my life and my geeky love of the season. There will be decorating tips and ideas, recipes, and suggestions for making your holidays meaningful, joyful, and spiritual!