The busyness of the holiday season may cause us to feel Scroogey, Grinchy, or just overwhelmed and grumpy. We’ve got ideas to keep us all focused on what’s really important. Using the Advent theme of faith, we’ll look at some ways to keep the season fun, authentic, imaginative, treasured, and heartfelt. Nonsense and tomfoolery included.
With that as our description and starting place, I feel, and this is Malayna here, that we did some good work! I’m not just feeling Scroogey and Grinchy but at least four-of-the-seven-dwarfsey. Grumpy, Sleepy, Dopey and Sneezy.
So we looked at what it was that made Scrooge so grumpy. He was afraid of not having enough. We’ve all felt that. But we can turn it around and instead decide that what we have is enough, be grateful for it, invest it wisely and release it lovingly. Doesn’t that feel better? Scrooge felt better when he made authentic heart-connections that weren’t about money, but about sharing and just being together.
The Grinch was grumpy because he didn’t understand what everyone was so giddy about. He was annoyed because he had no connection to it and no investment in it, so he sought to destroy it. But what he learned was that it wasn’t about the stuff, but the FEELING.
SO if YOU find yourself thinking “F That”…! Use this handy mnemonic device instead and remember that faith is just about what we choose to believe. Faith is always at work, and we can choose how to direct it-– negatively or positively. So let’s choose these:
|F||Fun with Friends and Family First|
|A||Authenticity, Attention on what’s important,|
|I||Imagination, Intention, Interaction, Investment|
|T||Time Together, Talent, Treasure,|
|H||Heart, Home, Hope|
When you act from these ideals, it doesn’t matter if you even buy anyone gifts or cards. In fact, we give you permission NOT to spend a dime. If you do spend money, don’t do it out of obligation. Use a little imagination and maybe choose to invest your money in something you want to support–like a friend’s business, or a community project, maybe something that supports a charity. You get the gist!
Here are a few friends we’d like you to check out:
Jenny Hahn Studio has artistic gifts that uplift and inspire. Prints and pendants and 2015 ornaments (oh my!) – http://www.jenspaintings.com
Geeky Teas has geeky tea blends, fandom inspired gifts, British goods, (and it’s also a cat rescue.) – http://geekyteas.com/
Whimsical Forest has geeky baubles like The Mortal Instruments & The Twilight Saga mini book charm bracelets, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone mini book charm, Twilight mini book charm, Dr. Who inspired goodies, Pirates of the Caribbean inspired Mermaid’s Tears necklace, I solemnly swear that I am up to no good bottle opener key rings, and a Deathly Hallows necklace! http://whimsicalforest.storenvy.com
AND we talked about some movies that fit with the topic, of course – here are just a few about awkward family gatherings:
- Four Christmases (2008) – Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughn
- Christmas Vacation (1989) – Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo
- A Christmas Story (1983) – Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin
And a few more with the keyword “Faith”:
- Tomorrowland (2015)
- Forrest Gump (1994)
- The Polar Express (2004) (I like The Santa Clause better – (1994) Tim Allen, Judge Reinhold and a young David Krumholtz, one year after Addams Family Values)
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
- Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
- Life of Pi (2012)
- Stargate (1994)
- I Am Legend (2007)
- Contact (1997)
- The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)
- Signs (2002)
And here’s the theme song to help you remember to keep the F.A.I.T.H.!