SALT LAKE CITY -- There is nothing like the magic of the holidays. The memories we create in those few short weeks last a lifetime. So, why does it have to end? Why can't we keep the magical spirit of affection and cooperativeness throughout the year? Here is the good news: We can!
If you want a magical life instead of just a magical holiday, all it takes is some forethought. Part of why the holidays feel so wonderful is because we are trying to create memories. We're more intentional about how we fill our days.
Part of why the holidays feel so wonderful is because we are trying to create memories. We're more intentional about how we fill our days.
Think about what it is that makes your holiday season special. Is it the fun of finding gifts for people that make them squeal with delight? Is it getting to see loved ones who live far away? Is it special magical moments with your children at home? Each person has a different "specialness." Once you realize what yours is, you can find ways to replicate it and have that feeling all year long.
Let's look at the examples above and create a magical year. If bringing people delightful gifts that light up their faces is your joy, then why limit it to Christmas? Obviously, you may not be able to buy fantastic gifts year- round for your loved ones. However, I bet you could find people who need a service done. What if once a month you found someone to do a service for? It could be someone who has an immediate, specific need, or you could just make a treat for a family. You will still get those squeals of delight, plus you'll get the addtional benefit of knowing you made a real difference in someone's life.
If fun family memories are what you're after, such as making holiday cookies together, there are a myriad of ways to bring your family together. Family fun evenings that are regularly scheduled are always a hit. Or, you could have a special night that you teach your children how to bake or cook something each month of the year. With this ritual, you'll be creating monthly memories. Not only that, but your children will, by default, learn some practical skills lasting a lifetime.
Maybe your favorite holiday joy is getting to see extended family. Today's society has families spread not only throughout the country, but sometimes throughout the world. It might be possible to plan joint family vacations and get-togethers. At the least, you could video chat using a free online service such as Skype or start a joint blog where you keep up to date in as close to real time as is possible.
The point is, the holidays are generally special because we want them to be. We make plans. We put out extra effort. Let's do that all year round. Instead of living in peace, joy and giving for just one month of the year, let's do it year round. Then your whole life will feel special, not just Christmas.
Annmarie Worthington is a single mom and freelance writer who lives in Arkansas. You can learn more about Annmarie at her blog www.annmarieathome.blogspot.com