Who here loves hallmark movies? I know I do. Oh, I know they’re not exactly cinematic perfection (and some are pretty bad lol), but I still love them because they’re all about the holiday magic!
They’re all the selling the same thing: happy holidays. We watch those movies and witness the transformations that take place in the character’s lives. Secretly many of us wish some sort of Christmas miracle would happen to us too. We want that magic wand or sprinkle of Christmas magic to help us get out from under debt, find a new job, make up with our partner, have happy children.
We watch those movies and wish, wish, wish for magic in our own lives.
Of course so often we wake up the next day exactly as the day before. Living a life in varying shades of beige tinged with varying degrees of stress. For one small moment, while we watched those hallmark movies, we saw the hope of colour in our lives. Then the credits roll, we look around ourselves, and sigh. Time for bed so we can get up and live today all over again tomorrow.
It’s never exactly the same, but close enough.
Okay, not that I’ve gotten that bleak picture painted, let’s talk about how we can change that. Let’s talk about how you can add colour and magic into your life, even if Santa’s son never comes to sweep you off your feet!
Step 1: Decide What Kind of Magic You Want
The first step is the hardest for many people. We get bogged down in living life on autopilot, that we never stop to figure out what we actually want.
This is your wake-up call! For now, let’s just focus on Christmas, you can transform the rest of your life later. Start small, be successful, then take over the world. 😉
What do you want the Holiday season to look like? Some ideas others have shared with me include:
- Lots of parties?
- So many cookies?
- Time alone with your sweetie snuggled by the fire?
- Feelings of peace?
Do any of those ring true for you? What else might you add?
My Christmas Vision
Christmas is a time to be with family, we spend it working together to make cookies, bake pies, and cook dinner. It’s a time of connection and happiness. There’s never any real fighting, because we talk to each other and listen to understand. We all feel happier and more loved.
We sing carols, and go to mass at the hospital because it’s always such. beautiful service and really drives home the true meaning of the season for me.
The holidays are a time when we really focus on our family and let go of work commitments and turn household chores into games so everyone wants to join in.
Christmas is a time when we see all the blessings in our lives and gloss over the hard edges.~Sarah Langner
Step 2: What About This Magic is important to you?
Magic only works if you know why it matters to you. Seriously, write that down it’s important!
What about spending time walking around your neighbourhood looking at lights is important to you? What about the parties are important to you?
Knowing why something is important to you is what helps you figure out if that specific bit of magic is what you really want. It’s also how you figure out step 3.
It’s important to me to create a space where everyone is included in activities because everyone feels more loved and day to day parenting is easier when the children feel loved.
Christmas is a time for connection and baking cookies together is the perfect time for connection (plus I love cookies).
Step 3: How Will You Know You’ve Created The Holiday Magic You Want?
So you know what you want and why it’s important. That’s wonderful! It takes a lot of courage to admit that you want something specific! Now it’s time to figure out how you’ll know if you succeed in making those wishes come true.
How you’ll know it is different for each person. But it must be something you can actually measure. Happiness is lovely, and it can be somewhat measured, but there are other ways to measure as well.
Did I do my best to invite the children to join me in the kitchen?
I made 6 dozen cookies and invited them to help with all of them. I made butter tarts, and didn’t invite them to join me. I didn’t want them in the kitchen because I was in a rush. I guess that wasn’t my best effort at creating the Christmas magic I want.
Make It Happen
Once you have your plan, know why it’s important to you, and also know what you can measure, then it’s time to make it happen.
It came without ribbons, it came without tags. It came without packages, boxes, or bags.How The Grinch Stole Christmas
A plan is only as good as the action you take to make it happen. We create the holiday magic we want through intentional action.
How might you create the holiday magic you want?
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