Archive for December, 2011

…Last Christmas

Posted: December 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

Well last Christmas was…yesterday.  Now that I’m 23 the day after Christmas is a little weird.  I remember when I was young all it consisted of was playing with all of my toys that I got the day before.  Even when I was a little older and in High School it was typically a time to go hang out with friends in the cold sporting new hoodies from PacSun and heading to the mall to spend giftcards.  The holiday season extended until a few days after the new year and every bit of it felt like it was just that…a holiday season.

I write today knowing that in about 20 minutes I will be off getting ready to go to work a midshift on the day after Christmas.  The dreaded 11-7 shift that consumes your entire day.  I will spend most of the week with this shift and all but two days of it working in general.  Now where is the time to enjoy my “winter wonderland” or some “chestnuts roasting on an open fire”?  Ahhhh…the more I think about it, I think I may know the answer to my debacle.

I’m a grown up now.  God that sounds crappy to say.  While I may not be in my “career”, living in my house with a white picket fence, or spending time with my kids (i dont have any yet), I am at a part of my life where things are shifting.  But instead of looking at everything with a sense of disdain or sadness I feel like what I should do is simply acknowledge that this is a change that is here to stay and figure out what to do to keep times like these special.

So as I said, last Christmas was yesterday which means next Christmas is a year away.  Here are my top five things I think an adult can do to keep next year’s Christmas just as magical as the ones we had when we were young.

 

5.  DO SOMETHING FOR YOU

-This is the first step of adult holiday time.  By now in your life the people who you surround yourself are most likely adults too. (and may need to consult this list)  So with that in mind, you can’t sit around and wait for someone else to kick off the holidays and make you feel all warm and fuzzy like you did when you were young.  Take charge!  You can do this in the smallest of ways.  You could put holiday music in your CD changer in your car, or even buy yourself a small “pre-Christmas” present.

4. DO SOMETHING FOR OTHERS

-So you did something for yourself…now it’s time to look around your life and see what you can do for someone else.  Making someone else feel good often times can make us feel better than if someone did something for us.  This is the time of year where even holding a door for the guy who is last minute shopping with 12 bags in his hand and telling him “Merry Christmas” could make a difference.  But if you are feeling like doing something on a bit larger of a scale, try finding a way to volunteer or donate to an organization that does.  It is after all supposed to be a season of giving.

3. TAKE TIME OFF

-It doesn’t have to be Christmas Eve or New Years Day, but taking a day or two off and scheduling them to be time in your life that you celebrate the holidays is important.  If requesting off during these times is impossible depending on where you work, use the days you are already scheduled off as these days.  If you don’t then it will seem as if the holidays flashed by in a blink of an eye without you even noticing them.

2. VISIT WITH FAMILY

-Now you may be shocked that this isn’t #1 on my list but when you get to #1 you will see why.  Family, like it or not, is always going to be family.  Even people who you sometimes wish you could forget you were related to.  When you think about it many memories and traditions revolving around the winter holidays stems from being with family.  So pick one day, or even just one person, to spend with as a time where you connect with people or someone who has been there since day one of your life.

1.  SPEND TIME WITH THE ONES YOU LOVE

-The top thing to do ends up being the easiest…but sometimes forgotten thing to do during the holidays.  This doesn’t always mean your family.  Take time to find the people in your life that mean the most to you and let them know just how important they are.  This could range from exchanging presents with them to even just going out and having a nice peppermint mocha at Starbucks for 20 minutes.  Family, boyfriend, girlfriend, friends, or even neighbors all fit this category.  And if it is someone who is far away, pick up the phone or use Skype!

 

When all is said and done the holidays are what we make of them.  I hope you make yours the kind in which more memories can be made.  I wish anyone who reads this a happy new year and happy holidays for all the holidays to come.

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Procrastination at its best

Posted: December 20, 2011 in Uncategorized

Well clearly when I made my original post about having this blog be “under construction” I was a bit off on how soon I would actually be getting around to it.  With the winter break starting I think this is the perfect time to start my book reviews and such.  I apologize for the delay if you have visited here and found nothing but a blank page!

I am excited to say that not only will I be posting here but also doing co-reviews and other fun things with my girlfriend Leah.  You can check her blog out at http://sosaysthewhale.wordpress.com/ .

I should have my first review up in a few days.