Are We Having Fun Yet?

Christmas can be such an emotionally loaded season. There is pressure to buy things because it’s expected of us, visit family we don’t get along with easily and do a myriad of things in a short amount of time. It all adds up to STRESS. With a bit of conscious thought we can turn this season into one that is joy-filled.

Years ago, I stopped giving automatically because “they were going to give something to me.” I reconnected with the gift of giving from the heart. What did I wish to give? A gift that comes from the heart has no strings attached. It does not matter what the recipient does with the gift or how it is received. The point is that you put forth a heartfelt expression. That’s it. The ego wants recognition, feedback and acceptance. If you step away from ego, all that does not matter. You are whole, complete, untouched by another’s thoughts or approval.

The other thing that I began to do is to ask myself just what I could do that would give my heart joy. Amazingly small things, like a walk, petting my cat or gazing at something beautiful can give me a happy contentment, but true joy usually involves sharing.

Kids are masters at joy. Hang out with a few and you’ll see how they are experts at exuberance! I am fortunate to live next to four amazing children that I am always happy to be around. The youngest, who I often call “Susie Mary Sunshine”, perpetually wears a smile, spontaneously breaks into a dance or song with a sweet, angelic voice and generally lifts the vibration in a room twelve degrees. What a blessing!

Doing a Christmasy thing with kids can be such fun because of the joy they naturally bring to all they do. Vermont Farm Heart posted a recipe for making cinnamon ornaments and immediately I thought of my buddies next door. The eldest helped me make the batter, which we chilled on the back porch while we did other fun stuff. Later, after “SMS” joined us, we rolled out the batter and they cut the shapes out. We ended up with three cookie sheets of trees, snowmen and women, santas, hearts and various animals. It was a blast! Watching their faces, listening to their chatter, it was the epitome of what gives me joy. I am so grateful for their presence in my life.



So perhaps if you’re feeling the negative effects of the season, you might take a moment to just stop and listen to your heart and give it what it asks for. It may be a quiet walk, a phone call to a loved one or just a pause to reflect on the many blessings you receive on a daily basis. Gratitude and joy go hand-in-hand. May your holidays be truly blessed and joy-filled.

About Eliza Waters

Gardener, writer, photographer, naturalist
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13 Responses to Are We Having Fun Yet?

  1. Chris King says:

    I remember making them years ago! Going to make cookies tonight with Kara and Ryan. Will be down there babysitting tonight and tomorrow night. Ryan’s bday party is Sunday. I will be ready to come home by Sunday night I am sure!


  2. Thanks for checking out WordSisters! I enjoyed your post too– you have some lovely phootos on your blog,

    • Eliza Waters says:

      Thank you. I went back to your site when I had more time and loved the post with your mom’s polka dot purse and gloves. I sent it to my sister – we love that Boomer stuff! Am now following, looking forward to your future posts!

  3. Sharon K. says:

    What a great post, Eliza! I agree completely. πŸ™‚ The smallest moments/things often are the most meaningful. Thank you.

  4. kat2166 says:

    Great post! With all the rushing around everyone is doing, it’s nice to know someone else feels the same as I do about Christmas. Heart, joy, and acting like a kid – the trifecta of a merry Christmas.

  5. Robbie says:

    Since my kids are grown, I have not enjoyed the holidays as much. I find over the years it has become too commercial for me. Your post brought back memories of what our holidays should look like…spending time with family and friends and NOT shopping:-), but doing things together! You caught the pure joy in their faces in your photos…great post:-)

  6. An excellent post, Eliza!

    Thank you.

  7. wolfegeo says:

    If only more understood this…it’s not about the gift but the spirit in which it’s given. I still get choked up when I think about the story of the little drummer boy. He gave all he had… his song… his heart. Thank you for a beautiful reminder.

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