Day 21: How to Celebrate the Seasons when You’re Super Busy

The fact that it is December 10th is shocking.  I’m still stuck somewhere between the leaves changing colors and the first chill of November, but with 60-degree weather in DC.. who can blame me?

The reality is that there are several seasons that swoosh by without me taking full advantage of them.  I get caught up in the everyday mumble jumble and forget to soak in the humble moments.  This is why I try to find random days to celebrate the current season in all of its glory.  To aid in my intermittent appreciation, I try to act on the following guidelines:

kina in leaves

Spend a couple of hours outside

It sounds simple, but there are far few days that I remember to spend a couple of hours outside enjoying the weather and the seasonal changes.  When I find the time to take my dog Kina to the park to frolic in the leaves, I’m overjoyed with her happiness and my own for doing something that captures the moment.  Bonus points for remembering to take pictures! ;)

xmas tree

she kinda gets in the way?! haha

Do something small that has a long-lasting impact

When you’re super busy, time is of the essence.  But, how long does it really take to set out some pumpkins on your counter, to make iced tea for the hot summer days or to set up a miniature Christmas tree in the corner?  Plus, the benefits of your efforts extend far beyond the time that it takes you to do them.  I’ll be staring at that tree past New Year’s!

xmas ale

Great Lakes Christmas Ale with cinnamon & sugar rim!

Splurge

I’m certainly not advocating spending hundreds of dollars on decorations or having a seamstress stitch your entire Halloween costume.  I am, however, encouraging you to splurge on little things that make you appreciate the season.  Whether it’s the $5 holiday drink at Starbucks, your favorite wrapping paper or one of those great smelling hyacinths around Easter (love those!), do something special to make the season memorable.

We will be celebrating the Christmas Tour of Homes with The Nesting Place on December 18th.  I’ll post pictures of my condo and how I am decorating for Christmas this year.  I can’t promise that it will be anything much more than the picture of the mini-tree above, but less is more, right??!

xmas tour

 

*How do you celebrate the seasons??

**I’m participating in a 31 Days series with numerous other writers.  To read my entire series, please view this page.

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