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The Holly Jolly Challenge – Yeah I’m Talking to You

“Your thoughts become your reality,” and by the way this still applies during the holidays.  Over the last few months I have been on a journey to my heart and I  have been looking for new ways to enjoy life.  So many of us (I mean me) get trapped in the Holiday Hell.  Stuck running around to endless parties, fulfilling endless commitments with no connection to our (my) spirit.  I made a commitment to myself this year to have a Holly Jolly Christmas!

I envisioned myself showing up at holiday parties with enthusiasm and love in my heart.  I saw myself enjoying the family and friends I would be spending time with.  On the way back from my last shopping trip I had the inspiration to create a fun holiday game to play with my family.  Our family has always enjoyed Pictionary but I wanted something different and holiday oriented.

My wife is actually was the inspiration for the game.  She often will belt out her best impression of Santa Claus each year during the Christmas season with a bellow “Ho, Ho, Ho…Merry Christmas!” I must admit she does it with such enthusiasm it is almost uncomfortable.  Interesting (not what Megan calls it), I started to mock her Santa impression and realized it was actually quite heart opening  experience.  Belting out a “Ho, Ho, Ho…Merry Christmas”  is actually extremely joyful.

So, without going into excessive details I created a game similar to “American Idol” where we judged each others Santa impressions.  One of the rules was everyone had to participate…and from my view it seemed like everyone had a great time.

Since many of you are probably just starting your Holiday Party Tour around your town or around the country, I wanted to encourage you to be intentional with your thoughts about the experience you wanted to create for the holidays.  My intention was to have a “Holly Jolly Christmas.”  I want to challenge you to do the same.   I am confident you will be pleasantly surprised where this intention might take you.

“Every production of genius must be the production of enthusiasm.”

Benjamin Disraeli

“Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.”

Eckhart Tolle

Have a Holly Jolly Christmas (if that’s your intention).

Burl Ives & Brian Monahan

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