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Posts Tagged ‘Christmas Tree’

Cats And The Christmas Tree

Posted by terrepruitt on December 4, 2017

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BC, as in Before Cat(s), I had purchased some “Tree Saver”. It goes in the tree water and supposedly it helps the tree last longer. Well, can’t put that in the tree water with cats. Don’t know what it is in, but I bet they shouldn’t be drinking it. And so we don’t do that, but also, “they” say that the pesticides and chemicals that the trees are grown with shouldn’t be ingested by cats. So it is not a good idea for cats to drink the water that the tree is in. Plus, even though we replenish the water daily the dish doesn’t get washed and the water is just sitting in there for a month . . . cats don’t need to be drinking that. So my hubby came up with a simple cat deterrent. He just cut some cardboard and put it over the tree’s dish. Normally, it can’t be seen. But this is a different kind of tree, it doesn’t have any low branches, so the dish can be seen. But that is ok. It not THAT noticeable and it keeps the cats out of the water.

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Now this is only the third Christmas that we have had these cats and so far so good. In fact, what I did this year was so out of the ordinary, yet they didn’t bother anything. I was in a rush to get the boxes emptied and put up so I just pulled a bunch of the stuff out of the boxes and left it lying around. And we had boxes in the house for weeks. And to my knowledge, they didn’t bother anything. Nessa liked to jump in and sit in the middle of some garland that took me days to hang.

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I do play with them A LOT during Christmas. I make sure I get up early so we have a lot of play time. Also, since I am home, when they ask (and they DO ask) to play, if I can, I stop what I am doing and play with them. I figure if they are not bored then they will not mess with the Christmas tree and decorations.

I also tell them “No!” for just looking. If they LOOK at the tree, I say, “No.”  They are really good girls because not only is there a tree in their house it displaces their tower.  I figure we have about 30 days.  At least we did with Spot.  Day 31, she let us know she was done.

How does your cat handle a tree inside the house for a month?

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Kitty On The Tree

Posted by terrepruitt on December 30, 2016

I know, I have done ornaments for the last two weeks, but I really love Christmas and all the decorations and my ornaments!  Hardly anyone sees all our great ornaments so I am taking advantage of my blog and posting Christmas Tree ornaments!  This will be the last one, at least that is the plan.  Who knows, I might take a picture I love as I am “undecorating” and want to post it.  I will try to refrain.  But this is a NEW ornament.  I received it as a gift and it is just so cute.  She is BIG, but light, so it will be easy to find a spot for her on the tree every year.  YAY!  Love my new addition. So this is my last Friday Photo of 2016.  I will be keeping this “feature” in 2017.  This is also my LAST post of 2016.

Thank you for reading and liking.  Thank you even more for commenting.  I love interacting with readers.  I wish all of you a happy and fun New Year’s Eve.  And I wish all of you a GREAT 2017!

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Happy New Year!

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Twelve Days of Christmas

Posted by terrepruitt on January 6, 2015

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Could be that I didn’t know about these dates because they look as if they are related to the catholic faith. At least the website that I found is. My family was once catholic, but we stopped going to a catholic church before I had to go through all of my catechism classes and take my first communion.

The website states the below:

What are the other feast days and holy days during the Christmas season?

In addition to Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Christmas and Mary, Mother of God, Catholics celebrate:

The Feast of the Holy Family, honoring Jesus, Mary and Joseph as a family. It is celebrated on the Sunday after Christmas or on December 30. When Christmas falls on Sunday, it is celebrated December 31.

The Epiphany, the oldest of the Christmas feasts, is also known as Three Kings Day for the three magi who found the Christ Child after following a star to Bethlehem. It is celebrated on Jan. 6 and is the major holiday of the Christmas period in the Eastern Church.

The Baptism of Our Lord brings the Christmas season to a close. It is celebrated on the first Sunday after the Epiphany.”

So basically what this timeline is telling me is that the Christmas season comes to a close on January 11 this year. Which is pretty perfect because that is when I hope to have all of our Christmas decorations taken down and stored away.

I really thought the Twelve Days of Christmas were the days LEADING up to the 25th. So that is why I am not familiar with the Epiphany. If I knew the Twelve Days STARTED on Christmas, then I would have “got” the whole Epiphany thing.

Am I the only one? Did you know what the Twelve Days of Christmas were?

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More Sparkle, More Shine, More Fun!

Posted by terrepruitt on December 13, 2014

I understand that Christmastime/the Holidays are a sad time for some people.  For those people I send light and say prayers, but for those of  you who love to let the joy of the Holidays in, I have some things I want to share.  It occurred to me as I was doing some things that what I  was doing made my Holidays super fun.  It made me think that, perhaps all that silly stuff is part of why I love the Holidays so much.  You  want more fun?  You wanna squeeze even more joy out of or into your Holidays.  Maybe some of these things will add more to your Holidays,  maybe you will think they are a waste of time or they won’t work for you, fine.  But they make me happy.  So here is MY list of things I do to give my Holidays more sparkle.

>>>>>>>Cleaning before decorating is awesome.

A few years in a row I was trying to clean at the same time I was decorating and that just really bugged me.  With the house all clean beforehand I can run from room to room putting up the decorations wherever I want.  I don’t have to clean one table or shelf and decorate as I go.  I know this sounds weird to some people, but putting my sparkly decorations on a dusty shelf next to some dingy dusty shelf item just doesn’t work for me.

>>>>>>>Shop all year round.

So this is one thing that does a lot of things for me.  I am listing them in no particular order.

–Shopping all year round helps spread the cost of Christmas out over the year.  The Holidays can be expensive so if I can spread out the bill that helps.

–When I see something and it makes me think of someone who I shop for then I might as well get it so I don’t have the stress of trying to find something for them when it is Christmastime.

–It is really fun looking at the stuff at Christmastime (when you go to wrap it) that you bought earlier in the year.  If you are like me,  you don’t remember all that bought, so it is so fun discovering it again.

>>>>>>>IF you shop all year round keep a gift log (in one spot) of what you bought for who AND where you stashed it.

I don’t know if you have ever bought a gift for someone then forgot about it or just forgot where you put it only to discover it later.   Well, I keep a list of who, what, and where!  That way if I see something I want to buy someone I bought for I can refer to the list instead of opening bags.  Having a list also helps keep me from “over-buying” for someone.  So there are a few reasons to keep a list.

>>>>>>>Consider decorations and ornaments gifts.  Enjoy the walk down memory lane.  To me opening my ornaments and all my decorations is like getting hundreds of gifts every year.  I love decorating and I love all my sparkly and glittery ornaments so unwrapping them or pulling them out of the boxes is super fun.  My mom gave me a lot of my ornaments!

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>>>>>>>I let go of my desire for a perfect tree.  Not sure if I have mentioned this in a previous post, but I used to insist on buying one that was perfect.  Ya know, like on a Christmas card.  Well, as you know, those don’t exist and we don’t need a perfect one anyway. We do better with one that is kinda flat on one side and then slopes nicely on the other side.  The flat side goes toward the window and allows us to have enough room to walk by the tree.  If it is “perfectly” shaped it has to stick out into the walkway and just doesn’t work.  Plus by the time we get home and decorate whatever tree we buy it is “perfect”.  Yup, just like Charlie Brown’s Christmas tree!

Ok, again, I know that the Holidays are a struggle for some people.  I hope those of you that struggle make it through. I know that you will not be helped by a clean shelf or unwrapping a beloved ornament.  You are in my thoughts and prayers, these ideas are for people who enjoy the holidays.  And perhaps want to eek out more.  Perhaps cause less stress and create a little more sparkle and shine.

Merry Christmas.  (It’s almost here!)

What do YOU do to get more joy out or your Holidays? 

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Kitty Concessions

Posted by terrepruitt on December 19, 2013

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle YogaYou might know I love decorating for Christmas.  You might also know my cat is sick.  She has a chronic disease.  My husband and I work to keep her symptoms under control and make sure she is a happy cat.  One thing about cats though, they don’t seem to mind vomiting as much as WE mind them doing it.  They just hurl and move on.  I was not looking forward to having to spend the additional time needed to clean with the Christmas Decorations added onto her frequent regurgitation.  But so far so good.  Every year though, her and I fight over “underneath the tree”.  She thinks it is her spot.  I think presents belong there.  Last year the second the tree went up she cemented herself IN THE MIDDLE of the underneath and rarely moved!  This year I made some kitty concessions to allow for a happier kitty.

Cats with Inflammatory Bowel Disease can live up to five years after diagnosis, but you never know, so this year she gets special treatment.  For almost all of the 13 Christmases that we have had her we have put our tree up on a table.  Some think it is odd to put a 6 foot tree on a table, but it saves a lot of time and headache.  Our cat has never been one to climb the tree or even futz with the ornaments, but she does love “underneath” the tree.  And all real/live trees shed so when she would walk underneath it she would brush it with her tail and cause needles to fall all over.  While I love a real/live, I don’t care for the needles all over the place.  They are not called needles for nothing.  They hurt when they stab your foot.  So, we started putting the tree up to keep from having needles all over.

That also allows for more room for presents . . . at least so I thought.  Some years I have left room for her, but this year I hadn’t put any gifts under the tree, I was going to let her have the entire space, but after a few days of her having it all to herself she hasn’t been under there since.  So I did put a few gifts under the tree, but still have a bed for her there.

WDance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba, PiYo, Gentle Yogahere she has chosen to lie is in my reindeer spot.  As I was decorating I was struggling with how I was going to get her to agree to a move.  We do not know why she has chosen this odd place near the curio, but it has been her spot for a few months now so I was not looking forward to the battle.  Then I realized, I probably wouldn’t really “win” no matter what, so I moved my reindeer spot.  They are now under the tree.

Also the last couple of years she has been chewing on the garland.  Last year I finally was so tired of scolding her I took it down.  This year, I decided not to put it up on the banister.  That room needs light though, so, I moved it to an impossible-for-a-cat-to-reach spot.  Yay!  Now I have my garland and lights up, AND no chewing.  Cat and decorations are safe!

Now, I mentioned this on Facebook earlier this month.  In the past we have had exactly 30 days for the tree.  At 31 days, the cat DOES swat an ornament.  I took that to mean that she was done with the tree, it was time for it to go outside.  This year since she doesn’t use her displaced tower as much now as she did then, she might let it stay longer, but really, in our house it doesn’t need to be up longer.  And I am happy for the time she allows us to have it undisturbed.

Ahhh.  I love Christmas decorations.  I think this year we have some good compromises going on.

Do you have to decorate in concession with your pets?  What do you do in order to keep your pet happy?

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Christmas Brilliance

Posted by terrepruitt on December 25, 2012

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, ZumbaIt is Christmas, and while I did not have to “work” — as in teach a Nia class, I still have to “work” — as in post a blog post.  Had I been a little more organized I would have had it written and had it post on a timer, but I was not that prepared.  I had been thinking about what to write when last Monday after Nia one of my students was talking about one of her family’s traditions.  I had asked her to give me more info or to write about it.  But as I had been interrupting her story, I stopped my line of questioning/instruction and she finished her story and then I never got back to asking her more information.  Then on Wednesday I forgot.  I was thinking I would see her on Christmas Eve, but I did not.  So I am going to share her tradition without a lot details as to how it works for her family because I don’t know them.  I think the idea is so cute I wanted to share.  THEN, I got one of the greatest Christmas gifts ever last night and I wanted to share a bit of it too.  So Merry Christmas.  This is me sharing a tradition of one of my students that maybe you would like to do yourself and a beautiful gift I received.

First the cool tradition.  I haven’t heard a lot of the details but it sounds as if my student’s kids are going to moving out soon.  I believe that is one of the reasons she shared with us the tradition she started when they were young.  She has had her kids gift each other a Christmas ornament every year.  She was saying, when I came into the conversation, that this way they will have a start on having ornaments for their tree when they move out AND they will sentimental value.  Each ornament will be a memory.  She had said that one year her son crafted a little birdcage and put a picture of a bird in it to represent their family pet.  I thought that was so cute.  Not only did her son have an ornament for his sister, but he had made it.  You may know from reading some of my previous posts that I LOVE Christmas Ornaments.  I love the entire process of unwrapping each one to hang on the tree.  It is as if I am receiving little mini Christmas gifts with each ornament I unwrap and place on the tree.  And many have memories attached, so to me decorating the tree is a lovely process and tradition.  So I really, really, really, really, really LOVED this idea.  As I mentioned, I loved it so much I wanted to share it.  I think it is great to have kids receive “their own” ornaments that they can take with them when they move out and that will have meaning for them.Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia at the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Zumba

Now one of the greatest gifts I received was a book.  Apparently my nephew-in-law has a brilliant girlfriend.  She had a book made for his sisters that contains their grandma’s favorite recipes and a party tip.  His girlfriend designed it to have the actual copy of the recipe placed on the page along with family pictures.  You might have read some post on my blog that shared the fact that their grandmother (my mother-in-law) died last year in November.  My sister-in-law (John’s sister) is a smart cookie too and she knows a great idea when she sees it and she asked if she could use the book template for gifts also.  So SHE swapped out some of the pictures to include more of the recipient’s family.  So the ones made for the girls have more pictures pertaining to them.  The one made for my husband and I has more pictures pertaining to us and so on.  FANTABULOUS!  It is awesome!

I am in awe of BOTH of these things . . . . the ornament tradition AND this wonderful recipe book.  I hope you had a Merry Christmas and the rest of this season is grand for you.

Do you have any holiday traditions to share?  Maybe you have had a custom for a long time?  Maybe you just started one?  Did you get a gift that you are excited about that you want to share?  Tell us!

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A Book Tree By Simon

Posted by terrepruitt on December 22, 2011

Nia teacher, Nia class, Nia San Jose, San Jose Nia, NiaI first want to say that Nia in San Jose is on it’s regular schedule even with the surrounding Holidays. Next, I want to say with so much holiday stuff around me it is more fun to post about decorations, cards sent, cards received, gifts given and received, Christmas Trees, ornaments, lights, and the cheer, than about how to exercise “off” those extra calories you might be consuming. It is better to avoid eating too much than to try to work it off. Many websites give you advice on how to avoid over indulging at parties, I posted one myself last year. They are articles of advice on how to keep motivated during the holidays everywhere you turn. As you know I like to post about other things. I love Christmas and all of its decorations and cheer that it brings. I love how people get creative with gifts and decorations. When I first saw this I wanted to post about it. But I often hesitate because I do also want to post about exercises and working out, but this kept popping into my head. I love it that much.

I have a friend I know through blogging. I believe I “met” him on another friend’s blog. I forget exactly how the timeline went but we started following eachother on Twitter and we are friends on Facebook. He is one of those people that seems to be everywhere. I don’t know how he does it, but he comments or “likes” my posts and my photos on several sites. He is one of those people that is very supportive. He is always there to support me in my internet dabblings.

He takes great pictures. I am always amazed at the shots he gets on his morning walks. But the latest photo that had me clapping with glee and I just can’t get out of my head is the photo of his book tree. I keep thinking, “Who would think of that?” Well, the answer is a man that works in a bookstore, but still, I love it. It is so cute and so imaginative. Really why can’t you decorate anything, right. I also kind of think of it as a bit of a joint effort. He, of course, came up with the biggest part, putting it together and stringing it with garland. I just make a tiny suggestion of using paper clips (or a strong wire) to hang the ornaments.

This is one of those things that just makes me happy. Do you have simple things in your life that make you happy and make you smile? This is one of them. Simon is often making me laugh and smile, but I really loved this one and wanted to share. I received permission to post his picture here.  You can see it here (click) on one of his blogs.

A note to Simon: Simon, my friend, you are a constant source of smiles and laughter to me. I appreciate how you are always so supportive with your “likes” and comments. I think you are a great photographer and look forward to the pictures of your morning walks and all your pictures. Thank you for this lovely book tree, it makes me giggle when I think about it.
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I hope you all enjoyed his little book tree.  I hope that no matter what holiday you celebrate at this time of year you are having a happy and peaceful time.  Thanks for being here!

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Events, Thoughts, Happenings, Christmas, Things

Posted by terrepruitt on December 10, 2011

The studio I teach Nia at in the Willow Glen Area of San Jose is having their annual Holiday Party.  I have been teaching at the studio for almost three years (three years in January 2012).  This is the first time I have been able to make it to the party.  I am very excited.  They have food, performances, demos, make-up, drumming, dancing, and just plain fun.  If you are local and you are able join us.  (02.16.12 The even has taken place, see my next post https://terrepruitt.com/2011/12/13/halanda-studio-holiday-party-2011/  for a little summary and pictures.)

I think that people are not comfortable turning their head.  While out today I was watching people back out of parking spaces in parking lots and I was amazed.  Most of the people I watched did not look back while backing up?  What is up with that?  You are actually supposed to TURN YOUR HEAD AND LOOK BACK while backing up.  I saw so many people glance left then right then front and just start going and KEEP going.  I understand sometimes you look left, then right, then front as you start easing out, but then you turn and keep looking back.  Nope, not the people I saw.  They just zipped out as if people coming around the big huge car parked besides them could see they were backing out and would stop.  Crazy.  I am surprised I didn’t see a lot of collisions.

Last night we went out to dinner with a group of friends.  It is our second annual Christmas dinner.  Last year it was at a friend’s house.  This year we went to a restaurant.  We ordered a few of everything from each section of the menu and we shared it family style.  It was all very good.  Some of it was very unusual.  It is one of those restaurants where the menu changes all the time so you can’t go there expecting to get something you got last time.  One of the stand out items for me was Pumpkin Ravioli, Sage-Walnut Pesto, and Pomegranate.  The Pomegranate just pushed it over the edge of yummy.  The Lasagna of Pork Sausage, Zucchini and Mozzarella was excellent too.  One of the weirdest things was Pumpkin Ice Cream, Hazelnuts, Aged Balsamico.  I cannot say that I would recommend this.  The Balsamico was not sweet enough to tie the flavors together.  In fact when it hit the portion of my tongue that registers sour my face did the lemon taste face and my eyes started pouring water.  A bit TOO much of a contrast to me.  I am not usually a fan of the family style eating but since there were so many things to taste I really enjoyed it last night.

We got a bum tree this year.  I picked it.  I thought I did GREAT.  My husband was shocked when he came home and I told him to be careful.  We can’t understand why it is perfectly green and looks great, but it acting as if it is dead and brown.  Needles are falling off it at an incredible rate.  I am bummed.  It will be a very short Christmas tree time this year.  The cat will be happy.  She is really good with a tree in the house for about 30 days.  She will tolerate it.  Maybe bat at an ornament once or twice.  But on the 31st day.  She had been known to give an ornament a whack.  To me that is her telling me that she is done.  When we have a tree we move her cat tower away from the best window to another window.  The other window is not as tall so she can’t see as well on the top.  Plus it is just not in the “right” spot.  There is a TREE in the right spot.  This displacement doesn’t really make her happy.  At first she is a little excited to be in a new spot but that wears off quickly.  Also the tree is in the best sun spot.  And with this tree I am not even opening the curtains to let the sun and heat on it.  For as long as we have had her, she will let the tree be until we are over 30 days.  Then she tells me in a very catly way that she is done.  So this year she will be happy because it will not last 30 days.  Sad but true.

I am still working on my 31 Things Project.  How about you?

So, do you have anything to share?  An event?  Perhaps some thoughts?  Anything happening with you?  What about Christmas; have you decorated?  Are you done shopping?  Anything?

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Lenox Annual

Posted by terrepruitt on January 29, 2011

It is the end of January and like every year I end up with a Christmas Tree Ornament separate from the Christmas stuff.  I think it began the Christmas of 2000.  My husband’s sister gave us a Christmas Tree ornament for Christmas.  It was a Lenox ornament.  It is a snow flake made of gold metal and china.  The china is on top of the metal.  At the time of this posting I don’t have a picture of it because it IS put up with the Christmas stuff and I didn’t know I was going to be posting about my ornaments.  I might be able to find a picture eventually.  (01.31.11, I found a picture with the first ornament in it.  It is not a great shot because it was of the entire tree.  I cropped it.)   Anyway, this ornament started my love of Lenox ornaments.  I went online and discovered they have a lot of Christmas Tree ornaments.  They even have a club that you can join and you receive an annual Snow Flake.

I always admire my snowflakes.  Every time I put them out I grab one and I say, “Oh, this year is my favorite.”  Then I pick up another one and say, “No, THIS is my favorite.”  Then I pick up the next one . . . and well, you can see where this is going.

The annual ornament is delivered after the first of the year and it never fails no matter how late into January that we pack up our Christmas stuff the ornament arrives after all the boxes are up.  So I always end up with at least that one waiting around all year to be put with the other Christmas stuff.  One year I forgot about it entirely and it didn’t make it on the tree OR even up with the Christmas stuff until the follow year.

This year when I received my ornament I opened it with all the excitement one has when receiving a gift and I was disappointed.  The shape is nice and the sparkles on it are red and green, which is fine.  But the gold painted on the ornaments is haphazard and careless.  It states that it has been hand painted.  I thought the reason for advertising something was hand painted was to explain the care that went into the product and to astonish people with the beautiful skill, not be an excuse for a job poorly done.  I am saddened.  Here I normally love the quality that comes from Lenox and this is very sub par.  I am disappointed.

This latest snowflake has me wondering  . . . . if this is the direction the product is headed it might be the last year I accept it.  It is one of those clubs where they send you a product and you can send it back.  You don’t have to keep it.  Even though it is not that great I am going to keep it, because it is part of the collection.  When I told my husband about it, the first thing he asked was, “Are you going to keep it?”  When I said yes, he looked at my as if to say “then why are you wasting my time telling me about it?”

I have been buying the annual ornament for ten years, I will give them next year.  If the same poor quality comes out then I will cancel.  My hubby said there was also no point in contacting the company to explain my dis-satisfaction.  I am not entirely convinced that is true, but he caused me to think it would be a waste of time.  So, I am just sharing it here.  As I often do.

Do you have a club that you belong to where you receive a product?  Have you belonged to a club where you have seen the quality of the product decline?  It is a bummer.

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Letting Go

Posted by terrepruitt on December 7, 2010

In my most recent Nia class, I decided that I wanted to help people focus on the good of the season.  I think that sometimes there is a lot of negative emotions around the Holiday season.  By negative emotions I mean the way people actually feel during this time of year.  There is always the ever present I-don’t-believe-in-Christ-so-I-don’t-agree-with-any-of-it, the it-makes-me-sad-so-therefore-I-am-going-to-be-sad, the WHAT?-ITS-CHRISTMAS!  The feelings of inadequacy; there is not enough money, goals for the year were not accomplished, baking isn’t getting done, cards aren’t being sent, house isn’t getting cleaned, nothing is enough, there is too much . . . . .oh my the pressure!  I was thinking all of this is negative stuff.  So in class the focus was pushing away the negative, somewhat rejecting it, with the intent of bringing in the positive.

Both the “negative” and the “positive” is different for everyone so that was a very individualized point.  We didn’t discuss anything that I mentioned above, so everyone could rid themselves of whatever they needed and attract whatever they wanted. It was very nice.  It is a focus and an intent that can be used any time, I just thought we’d give it a spin this season.

As with all focuses and intents we use in a Nia class they can be carried into one’s day and/or daily living.  This is where the thought of “letting go” keeps popping into my head.  I love this season.  I love cleaning my house, getting it all ready to put up the decorations.  Then I love spending days . . . at least two or three days decorating the tree and the house.  I always laugh because sometimes I can’t remember where I “normally” put something and it might end up in a new spot.  Then I spend the season either saying, “Yes, that’s good.” or  “No, that really doesn’t work.”

I sometimes feel very foolish for the sheer joy I feel when I look at a silly Christmas decoration that I cherish.  But I do.  I feel joy at the beauty and the sparkle of Christmas.  This year since I am a bit limited in my movements I am having to really draw on that joy.  I am going to have to strategically place things so that I can see “Christmas” everywhere yet not have as many decorations out and up.

Things tend to work in concert.  We ended up with a much, much smaller tree than usual.  Cool, since my hubby had to handle it without my help.  Since it is smaller it will require less ornaments which will allow me to stay off my foot.  Also a small tree requires less maintenance and the couches didn’t have to be moved.  See?  It is all gonna work out fine, I just need to let it go.  Reject the negative when I start to feel a pout coming on.  It’s ok that it is my favorite time of year and I can’t run around.  Oh well.  I can walk.  My toe/foot IS healing.  It is all good.  For heaven’s sake its Christmastime.  Let the negative go, embrace the season, embrace the unity.

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