Spinning Your Gold: Words that Open Hearts and Inspire Actions
Merry Christmas in July!
In many parts of the planet, sweltering temps challenge us to stay cool. (My “Florida Oven” in blasting until October arrives!)
Like me, over the past four months, perhaps you’ve been challenged to keep “cool” with COVID-19 and the tsunami of partisan actions and non-actions. Maybe you’ve felt the cool darkness of stepping into the shadow of sadness caused by today’s current events and personal feelings.
As my only grandchild, Blake (5) wisely said, “Too much!”
He inspired a solution:
|Christmas with Blake, 2017.|
Turn up the exterior lights while stepping back into the inner Light to remember Christmas—A Holy Season of Light, Love, and Peace.
Why wait for December 25? Why not celebrate Christmas in July, a celebration started in 1933 at a girls’ camp in North Carolina?
Ideas to think and stay cool might include:
1. Calling loved ones and wishing them a very Merry Christmas in July!
2. Decluttering closets and donating summer clothing and toiletries to a homeless or women’s shelter (socks and underwear are always in high demand).
2. Lighting candles followed by praying for our country, leaders, medical and frontline heroes plus anyone quarantined or hospitalized in the USA and around the globe.
4. Decorating or setting up a tree and lights outside.
5. Writing a Gratitude List for the first six months of 2020.
6. Cooking a summer Christmas feast, e.g., fish vs. turkey, s’ mores or Key lime pie vs. pumpkin pie or a watermelon vs. cranberry salad. (You get the idea.)
7. Watching the 1940 movie, “Christmas in July,” starring Dick Powell and Ellen Drew.
8. Making plans to attend the “2021 Christmas in July Festival” in West Jefferson, NC, or at one of these other top ten places:
Whatever you do, find your “Christmas in July” ways to turn up and step back into the Light, Love, and Peace that the season of Christmas is sure to remind.