Did you know that there are 720 hours between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year? The calendar is about to slam into this festive season (which is culturally festive, even if one doesn’t celebrate Christmas in a religious fashion). For many of us, it’s a busy time, as every group we’re involved in has their own party or gift giving occasion. Plus, we try to send out cards, deck the halls, buy and wrap presents and otherwise make merry.
With all that, though, I’m really looking forward to this December. For starters, I have two little kids, and they’re going to be fabulously excited by trees and stockings and presents. And second, as I’ve now spent two years thinking seriously about my hours, I’m starting to ask what I’d like to spend those hours doing. What do I want to remember from this holiday season? How can I get the things I don’t want to do off my plate so I can spend time reveling in the things I do?
We’ll be exploring these questions and more during a free webinar I’m hosting called “Peaceful and Productive Holidays” on December 2 at 12:30pm eastern. Click on that link to sign up – all you need is a computer with speakers or else a computer and a phone line. If you can’t stay at your computer, you could actually just dial in and listen as well. It should be a lot of fun. I’m already making my list of holiday “want to dos” which includes:
- Going to the Nutcracker, and possibly the Rockettes (debating that one)
- Visiting the Holiday Train Show at the NY Botanical Garden
- Baking cookies with my 3-year-old. Very simple cookies.
- Singing in the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus Lightbright concert (Dec 4!)
- Caroling at South Street Seaport (also with YNYC, weekend of Dec. 18-19)
- Doing an Advent calendar with my 3-year-old
- Many, many presents under the tree. I’m hosting this year, and so I don’t have to worry about hauling presents anywhere, which means I don’t have to think simple. And I don’t plan to!
- Listening to more Christmas music in the background — more classical stuff than cheesy pop though.
- A more coherent and thoughtful donation strategy.
Anyway, 720 hours is quite a bit of time, especially if you consider that a full-on baking session will only take 3 hours or so. The key is to spend them on activities that are meaningful for ourselves and our loved ones. I hope you’ll join me for the discussion on the 2nd, and ponder these questions as well.
In other news:
- An oldie but goodie: I hadn’t seen Penelope Trunk’s (actually, the farmer’s) review of 168 Hours. (I heard from a good source that despite this cheeky pronouncement, he did enjoy it).
- I’m experimenting with haiku:
Late afternoon light.
The old man’s hat blows away
like one more lost leaf.