Welcome to my thirteenth ‘Today, I am -‘ positivity post. If you are new to this series, check out the first post to know more about it. Or, you can read the previous one here. I’m sorry that I have not been posting regularly on here, unfortunately I am a bit busy these days so I now only post whenever I can. (I have just self-published a Christmas short story novelty book in case you’re interested to know. 🙂 Anyway, this series may evolve as well where the ‘Today I am -‘ statement would be either a phrase or a word. But, we shall see what happens. 🙂
“Christmas festivities have taught me to pay attention and focus my energy on what’s happy and cheerful rather than being grumpy about things I cannot change like the cold, miserable weather of winter.” – This Scribbler Mum
It’s seven in the morning and it’s still pitch black outside… BUT it does not matter because today is ‘put up the Christmas tree day!’
I know not everybody likes putting up Christmas decorations, let alone putting them up early in November, but I am not one of those. I love Christmas and everything about it! In fact, I am going to put on some Christmas songs now for that cheery atmosphere of putting up the tree day. Oh and of course (clears throat), the first song that I’ll be listening to is my very own composition. Though it may not be in good audio quality (because of my own voice and the fact that I only used my phone in producing the backtrack and I’ve no recording studio to put it all together), I think it is a nice Christmas song with its cheerful melody and festive lyrics – if I may say so myself.
Now that I’ve got my music on, it’s time to get my boxes of Christmas decorations out and get started. Sure, it sounds like it is a lot of work because, well, it is. But the excitement that I see from my kids and the happiness it brings is all worth it.
It reminds me so much of my childhood. Whenever the decorations were out, I got all giddy and excited as if I had just found a chest full of treasures. It was so much fun seeing all the colours and shapes of ornaments and witnessing how the tree got built and transformed into something that seemed magical. It was a great bonding experience with my siblings as we used our imagination pretend-playing while we helped decorate. It was also a fun way to hear about family stories that I tell my own kids now.
Just the fact that I get reminded of my fond childhood memories is already a positive impact in itself. Then, actually seeing my beautiful creation of a well decorated tree being admired by my kids, definitely gives that positive feeling of pride and satisfaction that I did something good. And when everything is done and it’s time to put my feet up, the transformation of our home from plain and ‘normal’ to a magical wonderland is definitely a welcomed change of scenery. It’s cheerful and fun and calm and relaxing all at the same time. It helps take you away from the chaos of reality even for just a little while. Just like how Christmas carols sing about hope and joyous celebration, the Christmas decorations for me is like a shield from the winter blues. It is like a subliminal reminder that there is always hope and happiness around us. We just have to learn to welcome them like we do Christmas.
Today, I am feeling festive.
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