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Make the Season Merrier

by Keith Bond on 12/26/2011 8:56:40 AM

This article is by Keith Bond, Regular contributing writer for FineArtViews.  You should submit an article and share your views as a guest author by clicking here.



I am writing this article a few days before Christmas, though you will be reading it a day or two after the Holiday.   This is a busy time of year for most of us.  Even if you don’t celebrate Christmas, it is likely a busy time of year for you as well. 


Life, regardless of the season, can get busy and hectic.  But when you add something as big as Christmas, many find it stressful or even overwhelming.


This article is a list of some things – both practical and some a bit random – to reduce some of the stress during this busy time.  I should have provided this list to you before the Holidays, but I guess I didn’t think of it until I was in the thick of it.  But since there are still a few days before the New Year, many of us are still in the middle of the celebrating the holidays. 


This list will help make rest of this year a bit merrier.  And if you can make these things become habits and continue to do them throughout the year, you will find greater peace, happiness, and prosperity.  The list isn’t all inclusive.  Some of the ideas are practical, common sense.  Some are more random.   And the list isn’t just for those of us celebrating Christmas.  The list is for everyone, anywhere in the world.  The list isn’t in any order – except the first 2.


  • Express (demonstrate) love to your family.
  • Make and enjoy time with family and friends (especially the family part). 
  • Accept that you can’t accomplish everything on your to-do list – including your art. 
  • Do the most urgent things first and then don’t worry about the rest.
  • Find a balance between family, work, art, community, friends, church, personal time, etc.  It’s hard to find that balance, and even harder to maintain it.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Sing – even if it’s off key.  It lifts the spirits.
  • Take some quiet time for yourself to unwind, relax, and reflect.
  • Give, serve, think of others.  It is amazing how rewarding this is – and how it can take your mind away from your own worries.
  • Drink plenty of water – the kind without added sugars, chemicals, and other stuff.  I need to do this more.  My wife says so. :)  It’s a new year’s resolution for me.
  • Recognize your blessings – I guarantee there are more than you realize.  Try listing them all.
  • Have gratitude.  Gratitude is more than being thankful.  Gratitude is a step further.  It is expressing or showing how thankful you really are.
  • Get “unplugged” for a while – after you finish this article. :)


Share with the rest of us some of the other things that you do to make the season bright.


A very Merry (though belated) Christmas to you and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.


Best Wishes,

Keith Bond


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Brian Sherwin
Establish holiday traditions with family and friends. :)

Barb Stachow
Gotta love your list! It seems to be that when we are balanced in our persue of "lists" such as yours that we not only find greater peace, happiness, and prosperity but find our artwork is easier and more meaningful to produce!
Adding to your list: smile or compliment someone you don't know. It's contagious

Cathy de Lorimier
I most like the part you wrote about how expressing gratitude is the true expression that one is thankful. Excellent points, all of them. Don't take things too seriously might be another. I'm off to walk the dog and then return to enjoy my family. Merry holidays to you and to EVERY ONE!

Donald Fox
Acknowledge others and acknowledge yourself.


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