In less than a week Santa and his Reindeer will have landed on our roofs and New Year will be well on its way. This year I have been so busy that the “spirit” of the season has been slow to hit me. I am disappointed by this, but it has also made me wake up, slow down and prioritize. I don’t want to absently “uh-huh” when a child tells me how many more days are left until Santa comes. I want to take in this wonderful time of year just as they do. I want to take in the lights, the holiday music, extra time with friends and family and the pure joy of the season.
I am running out of time to accomplish this goal so I must get to it. Often times I will give a little to –do list of things that need to be done around your home to help prevent plumbing or heating and air conditioning problems from arising, but this time I’m going to give a “‘tis the season” to do list.
First things first…take time off of work. Just do it. The world will not end if you take a couple or 3 days off of work.
Next, spend them with your family and loved ones. Don’t look at any screens – no matter how big or how small they are – look at the people around you. Talk to them, sing with them, dance with them, whatever – just make a memory with them and don’t spend another moment looking at a screen.
If you have children – don’t let them spend their time with you looking at a screen either. Put all electronic devices away. The one exception to this is maybe if you go to the movies as a family, it’s hard to make any real memories these days with all the time that is spent texting and looking at social media, but a family outing to the movies may still prove to be a special memory.
Families usually have at least one tradition that they hold dear this time of year. This year – start a new one, just for fun. It doesn’t have to be something big and elaborate, just do something new and include everyone that you can.
The most important thing is to just take time away from your usual routine and spend it with people you love and maybe people that you truly adore, but neglect a little bit the rest of year. Go visit people you haven’t seen in awhile. Take your favorite elderly person out to lunch – or bring a nice warm lunch to them and listen to their stories.
If you have any trouble with your heating or plumbing while making memories this week, give Carmine’s a call at 203-791-8089. We are happy to be of service to you and would like to help you keep your holidays joyful!
Happy Holidays Everyone!