Hello again! We have come to another transition point! Saturday night we were supposed to turn the clocks back an hour! This is the beginning of the end of the year celebrations.
But let’s discuss Halloween first! Do you have lots of candy left over around the house?
DON’T EAT IT!
If you can have a piece after dinner and walk away happy, that is fine. But if that won’t work for you, here are some suggestions:
Take it to work if you work with people who will love it;
Send it to work with your spouse;
Give it to your neighbor who has lots of kids;
Take it to a food bank;
Donate it to Meals on Wheels;
Donate it to a women’s shelter;
Send it to OPERATION GRATITUDE, which sends care packages to our military stationed overseas and our veterans: https://www.operationgratitude.com;
Donate it to Ronald McDonald House charities;
Or call your local food pantry, homeless shelter or nursing home to see if they accept Halloween candy donations.
But please do not let the generosity of others go to waste!
Now for the real blog:
In 6 weeks, it will be the winter solstice – the shortest day and the longest night of the year: December 21.
The winter solstice is a time of quiet energy, where you get the opportunity to look within yourself and focus on what you want and need. It’s a time to set goals and intentions for the coming year, to examine and let go of our past, and to make changes within ourselves.
Probably the most important spiritual meaning of the winter solstice is that this is a time meant to reflect and recreate yourself. Take some time to think deeply about yourself, your past, and what you want for your future. Try not to be harsh with yourself where you made a decision you don’t like now, instead, let this year’s decisions really be your wishes. your choices, and your desires. Really be honest with yourself. Could there be a more perfect way to begin the new year?
But isn’t this rushing things a bit, Theresa? We just got through Halloween? Yes and no. For years I have taught courses named “Emergency Road Service” or “Creating Healthy Holidays with just this purpose. We start two weeks before Thanksgiving. And the first assignment is to make a list of what you really, really want for this holiday! Do you want peace and quiet? Do you want people, laughter, and good cheer? Do you want a Caribbean cruise? And what do you want to do with the food? How was last year? Do you remember bingeing till your tummy hurt or vomiting over the table? Or were you just unable to enjoy the holiday because you were constantly craving and obsessing and arguing with yourself about food? Are you up for that again? Wouldn’t you like a more peaceful easy holiday?
Here’s what is always my first suggestion. Write it down. Make a list of what you want from now till January 2, 2020.
Now, make another list. This one is to take when you go to BJ’s or Costco. Write down all the shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toilet paper towels and other non-perishable items your household will need till the end of the holiday season. Now you don’t need to worry about them. It is essential that you do this before Thanksgiving!
Make a list of all the presents you need to buy and how much money you can spend. Be honest and reasonable. Now go buy them before the stores run out. Use Amazon where you can, coupons whenever you can, and use the dollar store for paper and ribbons.
Now you can sit down and focus on the food. Plan your meals and adventures; be welcome to comment below or call me if you need help. But please, let’s plan for a super holiday!
Blessings to you,