In the United States we love celebrating occasions-
Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day, birthdays, un-birthdays, and, of
course…Christmas. Do you “occasionally”
find yourself dreading those holiday hassles?
As women, we are particularly prone to feeling responsible
for holidays and special occasions. We shop for the perfect gifts and spend
countless hours adorning packages with colorful paper and bows; we make endless
trips to the grocery store buying food for feasts; we organize tree-trimming
gatherings, and climb rickety ladders retrieving lights, ornaments and wreathes
to decorate inside and out. We often
spend money we don’t have in pursuit of an ideal nestled into our memories
leftover from Christmases past.
Sometimes those memories don’t match the reality of the frenzy inherent
in the festivities. Now, let me be quick
to add, I LOVE CHRISTMAS. When I
contemplated converting to Judaism in my former marriage, I was perfectly
willing to celebrate Rosh Hashanah and spend the day fasting in quiet contemplation
on Yom Kippur. However, giving up
Christmas was out of the question. But, just for the sake of this exercise, try
imagining a different kind of holiday, one that might not feel as harried. What would your ideal holiday look and feel
Meet Santa Yogi. Santa Yogi reminds us to kick
back and breathe through the frenzy of the holiday festivities. Let
this symbol serve as a visual mantra reminding you to transcend the stress and
schedules and re-discover the playful side of this colorful holiday.
Namaste. Merry Christmas. Happy Chanukah. Happy
Kwanzaa. Happy Boxer Day.