There is something wistful about hearing Bing Crosby’s voice as he sings, I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas. It is natural to have wants and wishes, as well as hopes and dreams throughout the holiday season. A gift you can give yourself is one of flexibility. There is empowerment in celebrating the season without the self-imposed burden of seeking perfection. We may find ourselves wishing for: pumpkin pie that would make Great-Grandma proud, a feast right out of a Norman Rockwell painting; finding and receiving the ideal gift, and on-time departures for airline travel. And yet, the turkey can still taste delicious even if doesn’t look like Martha Stewart’s holiday meal, the gift of heartfelt presence is priceless, and even with weather delays arriving “safe and sound” is precious.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland reminds us it can be challenging to maintain a regular exercise schedule throughout the holidays, but it is doable! Give yourself permission to think of “adding motion” to your day and night. For example, as you are waiting in stalled traffic, take several deep breaths! Every time you exit your car, stand up on your tip toes and s-t-r-e-t-c-h. As you wait in the check-out lane at the grocery store, take a can of green beans in each hand and do arm lifts. Once the snow dusts the ground, go outside and make a snow-angel (the ground isn’t as cold the faster you move).
Fa La La La La…La La La La. It is OK to scale back and celebrate with a “Fa La La!” You will still have an enjoyable time but won’t be as exhausted at the end of the day!