Practicing Gratitude – Share Your World

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From Donna, ” Due to the subject matter, and because December is a sort of celebration month.   For some people.  For others?  It’s very bitter sweet or even down right depressing.   If you’re one of the latter, make sure to take care of yourself during this time.  Lots and lots of help available.”

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QUESTIONS:

What’s your remedy for the Holiday blues?

Your favorite beverage (if it differs) during the holiday season?  If it doesn’t differ, just answer the ‘what’s your favorite beverage” part. 

This one has been asked before, but what’s your take on pumpkin spice?

Is there is a person or god connected with your holiday? 

  • Who are they and do you believe in them?
  • If you do not believe in these people or gods, does the celebration/honoring of that being, bother you in any way (e.g., ignored, dismissed, angry, etc.)?

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MY RESPONSES:

What’s your remedy for the Holiday blues?   I try to keep myself busy.  I also have Seasonal Affective Disorder. I need to keep myself occupied with activities so my mind doesn’t take over. I love to donate to others during the season. I tey to saty focused on the things I am grateful for and not the pain my heart feels.

Your favorite beverage (if it differs) during the holiday season?  If it doesn’t differ, just answer the ‘what’s your favorite beverage” part.   Sadly, with my new diagnosis of IC, I am severly limited on beverages. The only “safe” beverages are water, blueberyy jouice, and pear juice. Even in super small doses the fruit juices are too sweet. So my new normal all year round is water. I am grateful my illness is in remission. I will continue to follow the diet restrictions if it means lowered pain levels. 

This one has been asked before, but what’s your take on pumpkin spice?  I am not a fan of pumpkin spice. It is a little overwhelming for me.

Is there is a person or god connected with your holiday?   Yes, I celebrate my holiday with the knowledge of G-d.  I consider myself a cultural Jew. I do not agree with nor do I suscribe to organized religion. I believe that everyone can and should enjoy religious freedom. I believe noone should shove their beliefs on anyone else.

Who are they and do you believe in them?  See above. My higher power, whom I call G-d, exists everywhere in my belief system.

If you do not believe in these people or gods,does the celebration/honoring of that being, bother you in any way (e.g., ignored, dismissed, angry, etc.)?  In my opinion Hanukkah has become way too much like Christmas. It is a minor holiday. But that being said, I see why families make a big deal out of the eight nights celebrations. In a perfect world for me I would do something with family or friends for most of the evenings. I like the way many are now committing each night to a specific type of gift. Here is a great article about the types of gifts to give.         Here is another great list of ideas.  To me the reason to celebrate is to remember our history and to connect with our family.  I am retired now, and there have been less and less get-togethers. Family is spread out, MIA, busy, and/or busy celebrating Christmas. Things are different and it can be sad. 


Here are a few of the many songs I enjoy during this time of year.   The funny thing here is that I adore Christmas music. I have thirty plus CDs from different artists. I don’t celebrate Christmas but I love the music. 

I also love Hanukkah music.

 

And of course:

Happy Hanukkah, Happy Holidays, and Merry Christmas to all. 

Thank You Melanie.

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