Happy Holidays and Personal Reflections..

Happy holidays! Wishing all my readers a wonderful, joyous holiday season! For all those who have shared their tkr experiences, thank you. For all those stopping by to receive support and information, thank you. This site would not exist and be as successful as it is without each and every one of you.

Personal reflections involving three main components (movies, music and food) of the holiday season:

It’s such a blast to watch the holiday classic movies including the original (black and white) ‘Miracle on 34th Street’, ‘Holiday Inn’, ‘Frosty the Snowman’ (with Jimmy Durante narrating) and ‘White Christmas’. I can’t remember the name of the episode, but there’s a Dragnet episode involving the theft of Baby Jesus that signifies the magical quality of this season. The episode usually plays on Christmas Eve. It’s just great to watch. 🙂

Another one of my personal favorites is Going My Way’ starring Bing Crosby. The message is powerful and the music is outstanding. And…what would the season be without the Grinch? The traditional, animated version is wonderful, but the movie version is also available. The choice is yours. Or, why not watch them both? 🙂

The beginning of the holiday season, in my opinion, is the showing of “It’s A Wonderful Life”. There is something in that movie for everyone. Whatever is occurring in one’s everyday life, at some point, is in this movie. I just love it. Plus, Jimmy Stewart is an all-time favorite. 🙂

And…let’s not forget ‘Christmas Story’. “You’re gonna shoot your eye out, kid.” The leg lamp, Christmas dinner at the Chinese restaurant, Bumpus Hounds, double dares, and others are timeless. I particularly like the double dare involving the kid sticking his tongue onto a frozen lamp post. When his tongue got stuck, his friend says…”It really works.” Gets me every time.

The music is another blessing. Tunes such as ‘It Came Upon a Midnight Clear’, ‘First Noel’, ‘Halleluiah’ and ‘Silent Night’ never get old. Personally, I prefer classic versions and not that electronic stuff that some bands make money off of..(name unmentioned). I never get tired of hearing Bing Crosby sing ‘White Christmas’ or another Irving Berlin song titled ‘Count Your Blessings’. Wonderful way to celebrate happy holidays!….

It’s a blast to entertain at holiday festivities. It never gets old playing my flute, seeing smiling faces and sharing others’ personal reflections. The flute is so perfect for a wide variety of spiritual-related compositions. It even sounds good playing Jingle Bells. Nice..:)

Let’s not forget the food and beverages. It’s the only time gingerbread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin pie spices, yams, eggnog, sweet potatoes, turkey gravy, cranberries and ambrosia salad appear on the dinner plate. I don’t know about you, but this is the only time of the year I consume spiced wine, eggnog, gravy and dressing. Happy holidays!

Side note: I served up gravy at a local holiday meal fest and was taken aback by the amount of people who didn’t want gravy on their mashed potatoes…what’s up with that? Me…I cover mashed potatoes, turkey and dressing with the luscious liquid. In fact, I make a volcano out of my potatoes and let the gravy overflow begin. It never occurred to me that others wouldn’t. 😕

And, for those new to the tkr (total knee replacement) world, it does get better. Honest. Keep on doing your exercises and realize that all the pain and discomfort will result in a more pain-free living.

Happy Holidays! Remember not to overdo it and place your health above all else. Moderation is the key to success in all areas. 🙂

If traveling, be safe and patient.

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Staying Sane during the Holidays

Holidays can be a hectic, stressful time of the year when it seems there is not enough time in the day. It doesn’t have to be that way, though. I thought it would be fun to share insight here with my favorite group of people…you!

Start a movie tradition. Traditions are what the holiday season is made of. Every year holiday movies abound. Choose one you haven’t seen and set time aside to watch it with friends and/or family. Rate the movie as being a one-time entertainment value or an annual event. There’s something about seeing “White Christmas”, “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street” that just soothes the soul. And, I’m talking about the traditional, original movies here. None of the makeovers offer a respectable comparison, in my opinion. The black-and-white version of “Wonderful Life” is just not the same as the modernized colorized version. In fact, none of the makeovers offer a respectable comparison to the original film.

Share music. Music soothes the soul and rejuvenates the spirit for everyone, young and old alike. This time of the year, especially, there are so many holiday-oriented tunes around that you are bound to find something you like. Play holiday music in the background as you decorate, bake cookies and/or relax at the end of a trying day. Listen to holiday music while doing your tkr recuperation exercises. Go to a live concert. Many local high school bands would love to have you as an audience member. Or, play holiday tunes with your own musical instrument. Depending upon how far along you are during your tkr recuperation, it could take the edge off for a short while. You can also watch a televised holiday concert broadcast to take your mind off everyday hassles.

These are just a couple of things I thought of that are worth sharing. You may be going through a rough ordeal now, but music and starting a holiday tradition can certainly put you in a different frame of mind.

Enjoy!

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