Sometimes the awesome moments during the holidays are small achievements. Do you ever catch your self in a moment of joy, or upset and realize what is causing your emotion is actually quite trivial in nature? In the ramp up to Christmas, one of those trivial moments could be that moment when the wrapping paper lines up, or doesn’t.
You’ve selected the most amazing pattern to wrap your gifts. Upon wrapping you realize that the pattern won’t line up. Well, with a little bit of maneuvering it will likely line up, but it adds a little planning and strategy to the simple task of wrapping.
When the wrapping paper lines up, you have a moment of joy. There is a sense of accomplishment. You might even lay a high five or bump to one of your family members nearby.
As Neil Pasricha points out in his “The Book of (Holiday) Awesome”, wrapping is serious. However, let’s not get caught up in these trivial moments of highs and lows of the season. Let us seek out our joy in not only when the wrapping paper lines up but some of those other moments of joy the holidays season brings:
- When the lights all turn on when you plug them in the first time.
- The beer in the fridge is still fresh.
- Every seasonal apparatus working on batteries is still working from last year.
- Your outdoor ornaments survived the summer shed storage.
- Flights all arrive on time with family members returning home for the holidays.
- Son or daughter’s “last exam” isn’t Christmas eve morning.
- You remembered to put gas in the snow blower when you got dumped on Christmas morning.
- Your Christmas paper napkins are in good supply.
- Your wifi is capable of handling of your visitors of the season.
- You remembered to PVR that new holiday tv special the night you were out for dinner.
- You have enough kindling prepared for the increase in fires during the holidays.
- Your BBQ tank is full, and a spare on hand.
- Your hot water tank is in good working order, for added guests.
- You remembered to re-print the holiday carols.
- Your remembered your family member who is a vegetarian with an option for Christmas dinner.
May your holidays be happy and bright and may all of your Christmas’s be white.