Don’t lose your Christmas spirit!

When I was a little girl, I was always sad when Christmas was over. I waited so long for it, and after a quick blur of hugs, laughter, presents, Santa, cookies and family, it was gone. I knew I would have to wait very long for it to be Christmas again.

Now that I’m an adult, I know it won’t be long until Christmas comes again, because time seems to speed up the older you get, but it still makes me sad that it’s over. People are nicer around the holidays and I miss that when the world goes back to normal. To help people be happy, smiley and nice to each other, I’ve compiled a list of 10 ways to hold on to your Chirstmas spirit for a whole year!

1. Play

We play during the holidays, so why not play all year? Play whatever you want. Play a board game or play with your Barbies (you know you want to). Build a fort or go on a scavenger hunt. In my family, we play cards. The day after Christmas, we play poker. I dont usually win (ok, never), but that’s not the point. It’s fun! This year I made it to the final six (out of 13). Yay me!

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2. Sing

People who say they never sing can be heard singing Christmas carols if you listen closely enough. They smile while they’re doing it. If you recognize yourself here, then this message is for you: Sing!

3. Eat

At Christmas time, we let ourselves eat what we want to without feeling guilty. What if we did that all year? Now I’m not saying go nuts on the brownies or the french fries every day, but if you have a cupcake, eat it, enjoy it, then forget about it. That is all.

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4. Be nice

Being nice to people is not just biting your tongue when someone who got a really bad haircut asks for your opinion. We give to those in need around Christmas, but they need us to be nice all year round, too. We can’t give to everyone, all the time, but sometimes, we can give time, patience and love without it costing us anything at all.

5. Get excited

I love Christmas as much for the time spent with family and friends as for the days leading up to it. Baking, finding gifts for people I love, decorating, all this makes me happy. It’s good to get excited, to look forward to something we know will bring us joy. I’m still enjoying Christmas time, but I’m also looking forward to going snowboarding!

6. Love

We all have people we love, and we love being with them, but sometimes life gets in the way of us remembering how important that is. Spending time with loved ones is not just a Christmas thing, it’s a guaranteed-to-make-you-happy thing.

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7. Read

Maybe this one isn’t a Christmas thing, but more of a time-off thing, but curling up with a good book and forgetting the world for a couple of hours is magical. Bonus points if there is a snowstorm or a thunderstorm. When you finally tear yourself away from your book, you feel as if you’ve been on an incredible adventure. Unless your book is boring. Find a new book.

8. Watch TV

This is like the reading thing and the eating thing. It’s like reading because it’s not necessarily a Christmas thing, but if you have time, I recommend you watch several hours of television without feeling guilty (like the food thing). My mom and I spent a good amout of time (ok, 439 minutes) watching The Pillars of the Earth mini-series yesterday. Last year, it was The Thorn Birds. I don’t think it’s a good idea to this every week or anything, as you might lose all your friends, maybe your job and probably your dog, but once in a while, go for it. Enjoy it. Then go for a walk, you’ll need it!

9. Sleep

Ahh, sleep. For most of us, functioning on very little sleep is like wearing a badge of honnor. It might not be possible to sleep as much as you like, but we tend to indulge ourselves and sleep in during the Christmas holidays. Do this as often as you can. Well rested-people are 38% happier than other people (yes, I made that up, but it sounds good.)

10. See the magic

If you’re lucky enough to have children in your life, you get to see Christmas through their eyes. It’s magical. Santa might only come once a year, but kids are amazed daily. Imagine if seeing a butterfly take flight or finding the perfect snowflake still brought you the same joy it once did. You might have to find new ways to see the magic, but it’s there, if you look hard enough.

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Playing tag

Remember playing tag? Freeze tag, chain tag, and my favourite, BBQ tag. If you’re not familiar with BBQ tag, it’s pretty simple: when you catch someone, you have to kiss them. Made for some interesting playground time! I actually played tag (the regular kind) the other day with my students. It’s not easy running in ballet flats and a skirt, but it is fun.

Today, I got tagged by Miss Four Eyes. This is a grown-up, blogging version of tag! You don’t really get to say “you’re it!”, but it’s still a game. We don’t play enough as adults, so I decided to give it a try.

Here are the rules (Anyone who’s spent any time at all on a playground knows that rules are very, very important. Otherwise that girl who tries to tell everyone what to do will ruin it for everyone.)

  • You must post the rules.
  • Post eleven fun facts about yourself.
  • Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
  • Tag eleven people and link them on your post.
  • Let them know you’ve tagged them.

First, the questions from Miss Four Eyes.

1. What do you really think about George Washington’s pants?

I don’t think anything about his pants. I’m Canadian. What’s up with his pants?

2. If I gave you a penny, what would you do with it?

Smile awkwardly, say thank you and throw it in my purse. I will use it next time I run out of cash and the coffee shop does not have interact and I’m digging through my purse for enough change to get a cup of tea and a lemon muffin.

3.What is your toilet paper preference?

Whatever is on sale. Why pay lots of money for something you flush?

4. Would you live in a house made of candy?

Yes and no. Yes, because I love candy. Also, it would be like Candyland. Or a Katy Perry video. Or maybe Hansel and Gretel. Which brings me to no. No, because I would get fat from eating all the candy, as I have no willpower, then a witch might try to eat me. And there would be ants everywhere.

5. What do you think is the best feeling ever?

Surviving a hot yoga class. Or maybe eating an entire chocolate bar without anyone knowing.

6. What determines a hot butt?

Humm. A hot butt is one you want to see when the person in front of you is doing cat/cow.

7. If I gave you $100, would you eat a worm?

For 100$? No way! Maybe for a million dollars or a lululemon gift card. Nothing less than that.

8. Would you work in a circus?

Yes! I would be a trapeze artist! I would find a way to work out my fear of plunging to my death. But it has to be a circus that doesn’t have any clowns. I don’t like clowns.

9. Do you really like high-fiving people?

No, I don’t like it at all. I’m never sure when the right time to high five someone is, and I’m always afraid I’ll miss.

10. If you had a catch phrase what would it be?

Get up, be amazing, go back to bed.

11. What do you think about peeing on a fire hydrant?

Myself? No thanks. But for dogs, it’s great. It’s a cliché, but hey, it works!

Now, fun facts about me.

1. When I am in a difficult situation, I ask myself “WWBD?” What would Buffy do?

2. When I get home, I take of my socks and shoes and put on my flip flops, even in the winter.

3. I have a whole closet for my dresses. Yes, I am aware that I have a problem.

4. I love Britney. Always have, always will.

5. I would make an awesome rockstar.

6. I like baking. Cupcakes, cookies, cakes, you name it, I make it. And eat it.

7. I’m trying to bring the crimped hair look back.

8. I don’t like sushi.

9. I don’t believe in e-readers. I love books as much as I love to read.

10. I change my hair colour often.

11. I have a One Tree Hill obssession. I would live in Tree Hill if I could.

Now my questions!

1. What do you want to be when you grow up?

2. What was the last thing that made you smile?

3. What is your best memory ever?

4. When was the last time you played?

5. What would your superhero powers be?

6. Do you know how to start a camp fire?

7. Do you sing in the shower?

8. What was your favourite childhood tv show?

9. Would you rather be the tooth fairy or the Easter Bunny?

10. Chocolate or vanilla?

11. What are you reading?

I get to tag these people without having to run after them!

Swells of the Heart

Màoxian in the Middle Kingdom

Bookananda

Adventures for a life you love

Fit for my fork

Erin has thoughts

The Almost Awesome Blog

This aMACEing life

ADHD Yogi

Green Thumb Mama

Adirondack Jersey Girl

And now, I leave you with the picture I will use to apply to the circus.

Sing your heart out

I am lucky enough to have daily doses of bliss at work. I’m a teacher, and every day is an adventure. Sure, last week I tried to sell my students on facebook (As a joke, of course. That kind of thing is frowned upon.), but most days, something will happen to make me feel like the most important person in a small person’s life for that moment.

Today was a great example. Since October, I’ve been working with my students, who are 6 to 9 years old, on a musical. We’ve been singing, dancing and acting every week for months, all to prepare for one big show. Today was the day. The play was “Lili peur de rien” which translates to “Lili’s not afraid of anything“. The kids were flowers, animals, children, a witch and a dragon. I can’t say the whole day was pure bliss, because there’s only so much over-excitement one person can take, but watching them perform on stage tonight, each one of them feeling like a star, made all the practicing, the sewing, the same songs being heard over and over again and repeating “speak loudly” several times a day, worth it a million times over.

I haven’t done yoga today yet, but it doesn’t matter. Yes, today is day 24 of my 30 day yoga challenge (I think), but my day was about so much more than yoga. I’m giving myself 20-30 minutes of practice before I crash on the couch.

Also, I tend to go a little crazy with costumes when I put on a play with my students. This year, I made 2 dresses and a squirrel costume. The other costumes were from previous plays I’ve done. I drove myself nuts making costumes while doing a yoga challenge, but I did complete number 37 on my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days: Make a dress. Sure, I thought I would make myself a dress, but two kid-size dresses equals one me-size dress.

I’m exhausted, I’m happy and I have a song about a witch stuck in my head. I got flowers from the kids. One mother wrote me a note saying “Thanks for being a part of my daughter’s happiness.” I’d say these are signs of a great day.