Recipe for Holiday Peace.
Recipe for Holiday Peace
- 1 large bunch of cold, dry, dark weather.
- 1 large bunch of spring-like weather.
- 1 small bunch of Jingle Bells.
- A touch of anticipation.
Pour both kinds of weather into a large bowl. Add jingle bells and anticipation and mix well. The result will be confusing, but proceed with confidence.
- 10 cups of busy. Any variety will do.
- A few leaves of tradition.
- 1 dusting each of longing for times past and wishing for a brighter, happier now.
- A dash of Hope, a heaping tablespoon of Faith, and several large spoonfuls of Love.
Stir well and let flavors mingle.
Add all at once:
- Five drops of scent of pine.
- A few drops of loneliness… due to those who will not be at your table this year for one reason or another.
- 1 heaping cup each of red, green, blue, silver and gold.
- 2 overflowing cups of effervescence.
- 3 cups of glitteriest-glitter. Throw it everywhere, and whatever makes it into the bowl, good for you.
- 1 collection of interesting relatives and friends around a large table — eating, drinking and discussing the state of the world (or not).
- Three small pinches of obligation. What you’re expected to do, should do, always do, thought you should do, agreed to do, must do, planned to do, don’t want to do, were asked to do.
- A toss of fantasy, perhaps the one about escaping to a quiet villa with a handsome, kind chef/real estate magnate/comedian/wise man for three months on short notice.
Mix well over a nearby hearth fire. Then stop everything. Let the mixture rest while you pour a glass of sparkly. Put your feet up. By the fire. Go ahead, drink your sparkly. Feel warm and appreciative. Fantasize about the chef/quiet villa idea.
When you’re good and ready, add:
- Prayers. Your kind. For what’s important to you.
- Heavenly sleep. As often as possible, yield to the desire to crawl under the covers.
- These wise words from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow: “…the best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain.”
- Singing. Any kind. Any time. Any place. If you get too worried, if you get lost, if you get broken, The Wood Brothers can help you.
And last but not least. With gusto and reverence add:
- A generous splash of Mother Nature while gushing about her beauty.
- Five scoops of your strength.
- Seven scoops of your flexibility.
- Ten scoops of your wisdom.
- Your boundless love.
Stir well, add any available candles and poinsettias — and don’t forget the mistletoe! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
May All Good Angels be with you this Holiday season!
P.S. My book of poetry, “100 Words: Small Servings of Whimsy and Wisdom to Calm the Mind and Nourish The Heart” will be ready soon (in time for Holiday gift-giving) and I’ll let you know the moment it’s available.
Over the Holidays, I’ll be editing my second book about Relationships to be published early next year.
My blog will be back in January! In the meantime, Ho, Ho, Ho!