Celebrate life in all its glory, challenge yourself to let the routine sing, and the new dance.
CONTINUING THIS WEEKS WITH, HOW CELEBRATING EACH DAY IS GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH? PLUS, THE BOOK TEN-MINUTE RELAXATION FOR MIND AND BODY.
The weekend is approaching again, and Christmas is in two days.
So, Dan and I are turning up the music and celebrating.
Christmas music can influence our mental health; either triggering a sense of joy in its listeners or sadness and anxiety in connection with all things associated with the holidays.
Let’s face it, you either love or hate Christmas music.
I love it!
It’s the most beloved holiday of the year in the U.S. and most of us find a deep sense of joy from the holiday season, including the music.
After all, Christmas tunes wouldn’t fill radio stations during the holidays if people didn’t turn up their car radios and drive around to listen to them.
However, with everything that goes along with that, from having to remember to get presents for everyone to the financial burden of buying said presents, traveling home to see family, and for some entertaining personal and professional guests, it can also be a very stressful time for many of us as well.
And whether you find great joy in the holidays or stress and anxiety, nothing reminds us of the holidays more than the music.
Music has a powerful ability to conjure up emotions in connection with old memories.
And so, depending on how you remember past holidays will affect how you feel when you hear those classic Christmas tunes.
Top 100 Christmas Songs of All Time
As we continue to celebrate this holiday season, Dan and I are starting a new series; HOW CELEBRATING EACH DAY IS GOOD FOR OUR HEALTH?
Sometimes we lament our lack of progress and go on fruitless searches for the answer.
But often what’s missing is as simple as a little jig of recognition or bursting out in spontaneous song.
Your very being is enough reason to celebrate.
What do you think?
Are you celebrating enough?
What have you accomplished recently that is reason to celebrate?
What have you passed over without giving it its due recognition?
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DECEMBER 23rd, Dan, and I thought on continuing this segment with the series with some fun; What is it about December that is so significant during this month?
National Christmas Movie Marathon Day – December 23, 2022
Another tradition to some!
National Christmas Movie Marathon Day is celebrated annually on December 23.
Get ready to snuggle in your warm blanket with a mug of hot chocolate and your favorite holiday snacks!
There are so many ways to get into the spirit of Christmas and we just love curling up on the couch for a movie marathon with our favorite Christmas movies.
Whether you are in the mood for a classic, it is surprising just how many genres are covered by Christmas centered movies.
Just like we all start listening to Mariah Carey’s ‘All I want for Christmas is you’ in December every year, we all have our favorite Christmas movies that we return to repeatedly.
It’s such a great way to get festive!
Whether it is the mischievous Grinch or the heartwarming stories in ‘Love Actually,’ Christmas movies come packed with warm nostalgia.
Christmas movies have been around for a long time and range over several categories from romance to comedy to horror.
The world’s first Christmas movie was a silent short made in 1898, titled ‘Santa Claus.’
Directed by George Albert Smith and at just over a minute long, this was the first time that Santa Claus graced the screens.
The film was about two children who are eagerly waiting for Santa Claus to make his appearance but are ordered to sleep.
During the night, Santa slides down the chimney and leaves presents for the children.
With jump cut scenes, double exposure, and superimposition, the short movie was ahead of its time.
A lot of the early Christmas films were short movies.
Following a couple of adaptations of Charles Dickens’ ‘A Christmas Carol,’ and a few wars centered Christmas flicks, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ was a breakthrough Christmas movie in 1946.
Since then, Christmas has been the backdrop for many movies; kids movies like ‘Gremlins,’ the 1990’s blockbuster ‘Home Alone,’ and ‘Elf.’
The choice of what to watch has expanded and you won’t be short of options on National Christmas Movie Marathon Day.
Whether your go-to is Elf, Home Alone, A Muppets Christmas Carol, or all three, this is a holiday that is all about putting your feet up and enjoying your favorite Christmas movies back-to-back.
Are you ready!
Time is precious and is priceless, so Dan and I will continue each day to pull from a box of 365 inspirational quotes, one quote and share with you.
WHEN YOU COME ACROSS SOMEONE COLORFFUL AND VIBRANT MAYBE IN THE PRESENT IT IS NOT SO INTERESTING, BUT, IN THE PAST, IT SHEDS A WONDERFUL LIGHT ONTO LIVING LIFE.
Today Dan and I will be continuing the book, Ten-Minute Relaxation, For Mind and Body by Jennie Harding.
Whenever you are feeling under pressure, ten minutes is all you need to relax totally, using tools that are always with you; your senses.
This book is packed full of wonderfully simple ideas and exercises for using sight, taste, smell, hearing, and touch and that vital sixth sense of intuition to rebalance your energies and bring you back into harmony with the natural world around you.
Identify your favorite sensory relaxation solutions and combat that stress!
Per Dan and my experience this is another component in keeping ourselves healthy, meditation.
By using your five senses, you can learn to relax in just ten minutes.
CHAPTER 2; THE SENSORY JOURNEY; TOUCH
TOUCH THE ESSENCE OF CARE-
SWITCHING ON THE SENSE
Today, TRANQUIL ABDOMEN MASSAGE
The abdomen is an area where many of us store our stress and tension.
The solar plexus, the major nerve center right up under the rib cage.
This is where we register extreme anxiety as pain, tightness, or butterflies in the stomach.
This is equally true for both children and adults.
The abdomen is also a very personal area, and because it is so sensitive, we may not feel comfortable having it touched by another person.
However, self-massage of the abdomen is easy to administer.
Will continue Monday-
The PHRASE TO REMEMBER; Health is Wealth.
We stand by this and continue to do daily; walk, meditation, and Qigong.
IN ALL IT'S GLORY
Until Christmas Eve, at the end of the day, the fact we have the courage
to still be standing is reason enough to celebrate.