Last year I shared how I began a personal tradition of celebrating the holidays on October 1st each year. Just for the record, the holiday’s are still on this year. I remained true to my personal tradition by switching to holiday music right on schedule, as planned, on October 1, 2013.
As I shared a couple of days ago, we loss my husband’s mother in October. It’s been hard. It still is hard. I found playing holiday music around the house during this time soothing. I think Mom Alice would’ve wanted us to continue on in a joyful way. She knew I loved the holidays. She didn’t want us to be full of sorrow. So I allowed myself to feel the joy that holiday music naturally fills me with when I sing along or just listen to it.
I feel happy when I listen to the songs. I just can’t help it. I’m listening to my library of holiday music right this minute. If you need a quick pick-me-up, I strongly recommend you try it yourself. Don’t worry about what others around you think. You don’t have to care! It’s your moment. Put on your absolute favorite holiday song, close your eyes, and let the music fill you up until you can’t contain the joy anymore. Then give the next person you see a great big hug, assuming you know the person. If not, then perhaps a bright smile will do.
Pass the joy along.