Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Dec 23, 2013 by

If you’ve been paying attention, the last several week’s posts have all been about adding a little holiday joy into your life.  I hope you’ve taken the time and action to do just that, but if not, its not too late.

Tomorrow is Christmas eve and as the calendar goes, Christmas the next day. You have two full days to decorate your house a little, make some Christmas cookies, and call up some friends to come over for a nice holiday get together.  Throw some Christmas music on Pandora, or watch your favorite Christmas movie with your family and friends and enjoy the moment.

The point is to have yourself a merry little Christmas.  That is all you have to do this week.

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Merry Christmas from our family to yours.

Ben…

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Add a Little Holiday Spirit

Dec 16, 2013 by

Building upon my previous post of creating your own traditions, infusing a little holiday spirit can be just just as simple as adding a little candy cane.

Candy Cane Cookies

If you are looking for an easy way to infuse some holiday spirit, just make some chocolate chip cookies and add in some crushed up candy cane.   It’s just that simple.

These are perfect for any holiday party or just to make the house smell awesome while you are wrapping presents.

My wife gave me the best compliment after making these, which was

“Never make these again!  They are too good and I can’t stop eating them!”

Your Truly Simple Action this week is to infuse a little holiday spirit into your week.  Turn on some Christmas music.  Make some cookies.  Invite some friends over for some eggnog (WARNING: Adults only!)

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YOU Create Your Traditions

Dec 11, 2013 by

Close your eyes and think back to your favorite Christmas as a child.

I remember going up into the mountains to chop down a tree.  We spent more time getting stuck in the snow and helping out others get unstuck than we did getting the tree, but it was so much fun and exciting.

I remember the most delicious eggnog every year from our neighbors Christmas eve party.

I remember finding the little tiniest piece of plastic left out by my parents as they assembled the Millennium Falcon and being able to identify exactly what it was and knowing what I was going to get to open on Christmas day.

I remember hanging the stockings by the fireplace.

Those traditions I cherish didn’t just spring magically into existence.    My parents, neighbors, friends and relatives all worked to create those magical moments that I now remember fondly.

Now it is your turn.

Those fond memories of traditions past don’t create themselves.  It’s time to start a new tradition for your family.

I now have a son and this is his first Christmas so now I get to create some fun traditions for our family.  Now granted he’s only 11 weeks old and is happy with the blinking lights on the Christmas tree and won’t remember anything else, but I get the opportunity to create something magical.  I get the chance to create happy times among family and friends that will last for years to come.  I get to carry on traditions of the past and create new ones to be carried on in the future.  I get to create something to look forward to every year.

Could you use a few more great things to look forward to around the holidays?

Your Truly Simple Action is to create a new tradition this year and make something magical that you’ll look forward to recreating next year.

This will be fun and here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Invite some friends and family over for a Christmas party
  • Bake some cookies and deliver them to neighbors
  • Make some Eggnog (Warning: Adults ONLY) and sing Christmas carols
  • Adopt a family in need and buy them some gifts

The point is to take some time this year and create a new tradition that will last for years to come and will create wonderful memories for all those who take part.

What are your favorite holiday traditions that you do with your friends and family?  Share them in the comments to give some good ideas to others.

Ben…

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Buy Handmade

Nov 13, 2013 by

As I mentioned in my last post about starting new traditions, Christmas season is upon us and that means Christmas shopping.

Stuff is cheap these days.  It seems like for a lot of people if they want something they just go out and buy it.  There is no more waiting for it, or saving up.  We can just go out and get the things we want when we want them because it’s easy.  Now that said the stuff we get may not be all that great.  It’s often made of cheap plastic now and falls apart shortly after getting it, but that’s what we get for the convenience of cheap.

All of that then causes issues when it comes to buying gifts for other people.  Either A, If they wanted it they would have already bought it, or B, its not always satisfying buying cheap plastic thingamabobs just for the sake of buying something for someone.  So this year, buck the trend and go another route.

I’d encourage you to try to build or make something for those that are on your shopping list.  There are any number of resources out there online to help you build almost anything.  Even if you think you are not handy, I’d encourage you to try.  Something you made yourself will carry a huge value that you cannot buy in a store.  But if making things is not your bag, I’d encourage you to buy something homemade.

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A friend of mine makes cool stuff like this on Etsy.

With wonderful sites like Etsy, you can find amazing hand made items that are head and shoulders above any cheap plastic bit you could find in a big box store.  A friend of mine has a great Etsy store where makes some cool things out of wood and metal.  These are unique pieces that can’t be found at Walmart and each one has a real character to it that you don’t find in mass produced items.  It’s these types of unique items that make great gifts.

So this week, take a look at your shopping list and think about what items you could make or buy handmade for your loved ones.  Also if you can I want to encourage you help out those less fortunate than yourself this year.

Ben…

 

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Start a New Tradition

Nov 5, 2013 by

Halloween came and went, daylight saving has robbed us of our daylight and the holidays are now upon us.  What the heck happened to October???

The holidays can bring a lot of things with it.  It can bring excitement to see friends and family.  It can signal the end of our well-intentioned diets.  It can be the anticipation of presents from the children or the dread of buying all the presents from the parents.  We all have holiday traditions.  Some we like,  some we hate, but force ourselves to get through.

This year it is time to create a new tradition.   A new simple tradition of helping others.

I started out these Truly Simple Actions each year with helping others and there is no better time than the holidays to start this tradition.

Sadly for many, this time of year can be dreadful.  With an already stretched-tight financial system, many cannot afford the things they need daily, let alone extra presents for their children.

So your Truly Simple Action for this week and new Simple holiday tradition for this year, and hopefully years to come, is to reach it out and lend a hand to those who need a little help.  If you  can afford to adopt a family who is in need then you should.  It’s just that simple.  Spread some holiday cheer this year by helping those less fortunate than yourself.

There is a great charity called Friends and Helpers who run a special Adopt A Family program for the holidays.  100% of the money you donate goes directly to the families in need.  Let me repeat that.  Every single dollar you give, goes straight to the families that need it.  That is huge.

You can adopt a stocking for $25 dollars, or adopt an entire family and really change the lives of some real people who just need a little help this year.

It is important to have some family traditions around the holidays and this year is a great time to start a new one in helping other families out.

Your Truly Simple Action this week is to help out a family that needs a little help this holiday season.

Ben…

TSA = Truly Simple Actions The goal of the TSA project is to improve your life and help make this world a better place, one simple action at a time.  Take time this week to do this one simple thing. Previous TSA’s: 

 

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