Bat. Bat. Bat. “An all year round Christmas blog- honestly?”
Christmas is a bizarre topic to blog about, and this, I am fully aware of. The holiday only comes around once a year, and when it does, there is usually a ton of shopping involved; followed by the ritual of hanging winter specific decorations around the interior and exterior of the house. So what is the point in discussing the subject all year round when the seasonal decorations and “Santa shopping lists” won’t be essential until the very last month of the year, December?
Well, as you know, Christmas is not just all about hanging decorations and making lists here and there. It’s about sharing with friends and family. It is about spending time with those we love and appreciating one another. It is also the time we set aside for valuing the deep warm feelings that don’t always stay with us throughout the other months of the year. Make no mistakes; everyone has different traditions, and so, each one of us hold particular aspects of Christmas close to our hearts. Well, personally, my favourite part of the Yule season is that warm feeling I get from my family and relatives around. The sense engulfs me like I’m being swaddled by a huge fuzzy blanket, and over the years I have ventured different ways of keeping that Christmas blanket in my life all year round.
The Christmas Blanket Adventure Phase 1
I began, by looking into the possibility of setting up an all year round Christmas Shop. Actually, my city is relatively small, and we never had a shop like that open in it. So, I pounded the pavement taking polls from anyone and everyone who had a moment to spare but sadly, the effort yielded more negative results than positives. More No’s than Yes’s were gotten, so I ended up discarding the whole idea.
Christmas Blanket Adventure Phase 2
After that, I developed an interest in animation, and I started designing free Christmas related dress-up games for kids to play online. But that plan regrettably fell along the wayside too, because I did not have the time to learn animation on an advanced level, which made my games too simple, and well, boring for children to enjoy. I realized I haven’t found my stop yet, so the adventure continued…
Christmas Blanket Adventure Phase 3
The third time was the charm! In 2016, I discovered that more and more people were expressing their thoughts and emotions through posting articles on their own websites. It was then that I learned the term: Blogging. Of course blogging has been around for years, but I never took much notice of it before, so I asked friends and acquaintances if they were into writing online articles, and they answered: “Yes, absolutely. But there is a certain way to do it, you cannot just write and post articles daily and expect an instant crowd. There are tools you will need in order for your site to become popular.”
I was instantly intrigued, and I scoured the internet trying to learn everything I could about posting articles online. Eventually, I stumbled across a community that is devoted to the subject of blogging, Wealthy Affiliate University. The university walked me through everything I needed to know, from creating my own website to finding the HOT keywords that will help generate traffic to the site. I studied the art intensely, creating several different websites through Wealthy Affiliate along the way. Once I got the hang of everything, I created Christmas-christmas-and-more-christmas.com; and dove right into sharing articles on my favorite subject. (Yep you guessed it. Christmas!)
Why Go Through So Much Effort To Share The “Christmas Blanket?”
Well, my coating of warmth comes from the feeling of being close with my kin (as you already know), and sadly, but understandably; it is much harder to clasp that familiarity during the other 11 months of the year, because we’re all scattered across different parts of the world, and can very rarely get the chance to meet together as a group. However, as the years have passed, I have managed to connect the memories and emotions of my family with every single thing relating to Christmas, be it a simple snowflake ornament, or a large Christmas stocking and in this case, I am able to touch my Christmas Blanket. So to me, gazing upon elements of Christmas is like being inside glee. And I know, most definitely, that I am not the only one around who shares a similar experience.
Now, I know I’ve been talking an awful lot about myself, but dear reader, I don’t want you to miss the point in all of this because I write this for you. I want to share my Christmas blanket with you because I think we’ve got something good here. Think of it this way: Christmastime is merely a practice lap in the marathon of our lives. During the holidays we practice generosity- we live outside ourselves for a couple months. We experience joy in sharing our resources. We teach children that it is good to share with others, so how would our world change if we modelled it for them throughout the year?
Here’s another thought: for many, Christmas brings out a creative side of them. We tend to think that creativity is something that special people are born with, but in reality it is an ability that we all carry in our own unique way. Growing up, we learned in school that it is important to learn how to think outside the box when solving problems, and how true did that advice ring once we got to “the real world”? Creativity is so precious. We need to take time out of our busy lives to engage in play. We need to experiment to see what we are truly capable of.
Speaking of busy, many of us struggle to make time for our loved ones outside of the holidays. In our daily grind, we can leave people behind and later on find that our last days here on earth are full of regret. What would happen in your own life if you expanded your sense of tradition beyond that of the holiday season and created new traditions throughout the year to build intimacy with the people you care for most? Let’s meditate on our festive practices to taste and see where their sweetness comes from.
Depression is a huge issue that spans across different cultures and civilizations. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are 350 million people across the globe who struggle with depression. It sounds to me like we could use a little more Christmas cheer to get us through the hard times.
Speaking of hard times, I recognize that for some people Christmastime is difficult. We hold beautiful memories in our hearts of people who left this earth too soon- an empty chair at the dinner table is a heavy burden to bear. If this is you, dear reader, my Christmas blanket is open and waiting for you when you are ready. I would love to take a stroll down memory lane with you and hear those precious stories of yours. Those memories will live on and we will hold fast to the joy of them.
Finally, I have one more important point that will help us justify stretching our Christmas cheer throughout the year: good planning takes time! Gift-giving requires that we build our financial savings, or at least get a head start on those DIY projects we’ve had our eyes on. If we start now, we can build an arsenal of ideas by intentionally keeping an eye on the developing interests of our family, and friends: Oh to be that person who always gives the perfect gift! We can also create a bucket list of winter fun so that our weekends don’t go to waste.
My Definitive Goal for Christmas-christmas-and-more-christmas.com
In conclusion, my major aim is to spread the white fuzzy blanket of Christmas around the world by offering little bits of the Christmas season and Spirit all year round. Through decorating guides, gift ideas, cooking tips and other assortments of holiday fun! Stay glued to this space so as not miss having this fuzzy blanket of Christmas wrap you warm all year round.
Let the overwhelming joy of the Holidays warm you from head to toe, throughout the year.
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Darc’ie The Holiday Connoisseur