-Do not wish to be anything but what you are and try to
be that perfectly. ĖSt. Francis De Sales
Welcome to Encouraging Words monthly newsletter. This FREE
newsletter is designed to encourage you in creating a life
so joyful and authentic, you radiate. Please pass it along
to friends you would like to inspire.
†The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.
Are you remembering the Gifts of Waiting, from our November
issue? Since it is the Christmas Season I am sure you will
need to do quite a bit of waiting. You can read that newsletter
at my website. The address is at the end of the newsletter.
Making this a Merry Holiday Season
Since becoming adults Christmas has seemed less fun. Every
year I try to remember some of the fun of December by making
an advent chain with the kids. We cut strips of red and
green construction paper. On each slip of paper, we write
the day of advent it is and something to do on that day.
To make the chain we start at Christmas then loop Christmas
Eve around it and staple, adding each of the days. Here
is our advent chain this year.
1st Sunday in Advent. Light a candle on
the advent wreath. Read the Christmas story in Luke.
Donate clothing to goodwill.
Pray for all people.
Make cards for a nursing home.
Set up the nativity scene.
Read a Christmas book.
Send Christmas cards to our pastors.
2nd Sunday in Advent. Light candle. Pray
Watch our DVD of ďItís a Wonderful LifeĒ.
Check to make sure everyone has Christmas clothes.
Call a friend.
Bake Christmas cookies with our family.
3rd Sunday in Advent. Light candle. Decorate
Donate canned goods to the local mission.
Go Christmas caroling.
Christmas party for the kids.
Pray for the people who have sent you Christmas cards.
Take a drive to look at the Christmas lights.
Let the kids decorate their rooms.
No school! Have hot chocolate and marshmallows.
Read the Christmas story. Have a silent night where
you turn off the lights and sit in silence while watching
the Christmas tree.
What do you want to do this holiday season? Plan it so
it happens. Make an advent chain or advent calendar full
of things to look forward to.
If you need help coming
up with an action plan, e-mail me for a free e-coaching
session at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you started your Christmas planning yet? If you havenít,
then I have a four-week plan for you : http://www.geocities.com/swpetite1/christmas.html.
This plan is from my personal site.
*Note* If you tried sending me a message through the form
on my site and I havenít replied, please e-mail me or try
again. The form was down for a bit, but it is fixed now.
Self-Care Tips for December:
Have your presents wrapped at a store if you
donít enjoy wrapping
Buy a fresh pine wreath to enjoy the smell
Christmas shop by catalog or the internet
Spend an hour on the couch under a blanket
you don't enjoy getting up and working and finishing your
work and sitting down to a meal with family or friends,
then the chances are you're not going to be happy.
If someone bases his or her happiness or unhappiness on
major events like a great new job, huge amounts of money,
a flawlessly happy marriage or a trip to Paris, that person
isn't going to be happy much of the time. If, on the
other hand, happiness depends on a good breakfast, flowers
in the yard, a drink or a nap, then we are more likely to
live with quite a bit of happiness.
Relationship Ideas for December:
See the Nutcracker with your family
Visit a church that has a Handelís Messiah
Hang mistletoe and remember to use it
Christmas shop with a friend
In prosperity our friends
know us; in adversity we know our friends.
-- John Churton Collins
I encourage you this month to live joyful, to regain your
childhood enthusiasm and to create a holiday you and your
family with love.
Beth Dargis, personal and
Written by Life Coach, Beth Dargis
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