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The holidays are supposed to be a time of celebration when friends and families get together to share food, fun, gifts, and love. They are supposed to be a time of giving, caring and connection when we celebrate important and meaningful events.

Why, then, are they often so stressful and what can we do to make them more fun and peaceful?

Changing the holiday season from stressful to peaceful depends upon one thing: INTENT.

Your intent is whatever is most important to you in any particular moment or situation.

At any given moment, we are always in one of two intents. Put in simple terms, it is either more important to you in any given moment to:

1) Be loving to yourself and others, or

2) Get love and approval

Your intent determines your behavior and your feelings. Let’s take an example.

Peggy is married with two children. Peggy grew up in a family where she was trained to define her self- worth through other’s approval – that is, Peggy believes that if others value what she does, she is okay, but if they don’t, then she is unworthy and unlovable. Therefore, Peggy’s almost constant intent is to get love and approval. She does this by trying to do everything perfectly – the house has to be perfect, the food has to be perfect, she has to get everyone the perfect gifts. She believes that if everything is perfect, she can have control over how others feel about her and she will get the approval she believes she needs to feel worthy.

The problem is that trying to do everything perfectly creates a lot of stress. Whatever means we use – whether it be perfection, compliance, anger or blame – we will always be stressed when the intent is to have control over getting love and approval.

Because Peggy does not know how to define her own worth, she feels empty inside until she gets approval. Once she gets the approval, she feels a moment of fullness, which rapidly disappears and then needs to be filled again with more approval. Others around her feel her pull for approval, and may also feel stressed in the face of it. They may like what she does for them, but they may not feel loved by her giving to them to get their approval.

Sophia is also married with children. Sophia also grew up to believe that her worth was based on other’s approval. However, Sophia has done enough inner emotional and spiritual work to learn to define her own worth. Because she is no longer dependent upon others’ approval to define her worth, she is free to express herself in ways that are loving to herself and others. Rather than worrying about what anyone will think of her, Sophia joyfully goes about decorating, cooking and buying presents because it’s fun for her to do so. For Sophia, the holidays are an opportunity to express herself and her love for others. Because she is defining and expressing her own worth, she feels full inside. Approval may be the icing on the cake, but it is not the cake itself.

Because Sophia receives such joy from expressing herself and giving to others without needing anything in return to feel worthy, others feel loved by her giving. While others may be stressed if they are giving to get approval, Sophia herself remains peaceful and joyful.

We all have a choice each moment to decide who we want to be – a person who is trying to have control over getting love and approval, or a person who is giving love to ourselves and others. Who we decide to be determines how we feel. If our intent is to get love and approval, then we may think that others determine our feelings, but it is really our own intent that is responsible for how we end up feeling.

Why not start now, before the holidays, noticing your intent? Why not open now to giving yourself – the child within you – the approval he or she needs to feel worthy? If you start to practice today being in the intent to love yourself and others, perhaps by the time the holidays come around you can really have a good time!

One of America’s newest thrill attractions takes visitors on a high-speed runaway train adventure through the Himalayas, leading to an encounter with the legendary yeti.

The ride, Expedition Everest at Walt Disney World Resort, provides chills and thrills for Disney’s Animal Kingdom guests, but you wouldn’t dare call it a “roller coaster.”

You definitely don’t want to use the “c” word-coaster-around Joe Rohde, Executive Designer and Vice President, Creative, for Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), who, with other Imagineers, spent years researching the legend of the yeti to add authenticity to the attraction’s storyline.

“Expedition Everest is not like a roller coaster in the traditional sense,” Rohde says. “It’s so much more than that. While it is an intense thrill ride, the story this ride tells is as important-if not more important-as any dip, spin or drop.

“Walt Disney always said that ‘story is everything,’ and that’s the credo we live by at WDI,” Rohde adds. “Expedition Everest is a testament to the lengths Imagineers will take to make the story perfect.”

Expedition Everest leads guests on a journey through a rich story rooted in the yeti. Visitors are explorers on the latest expedition to the world’s tallest mountain. To get there, they have to pass through “The Forbidden Mountain,” which they are warned against through posters, flyers, signs and artwork sprinkled throughout Serka Zong, a detail-rich Himalayan village re-created to be the attraction’s queue area. The mountain is the yeti’s lair.

Ever intrepid, guests ignore these warnings and board abandoned “tea trains” to traverse the Forbidden Mountain’s lofty realm. Almost immediately, they sense a foreboding-as if being watched. As the train gains speed, evidence of the mythical yeti starts to become more real. Guests hear snarling sounds and catch glimpses of the creature, which is becoming increasingly unhappy that strangers are invading its territory.

Guests feel the beast’s full wrath, as it rips up part of the ride track, forcing riders to plummet backwards into darkness and through icy caverns at one point. The ride culminates as guests come closer than they ever dreamed to the largest Audio-Animatronics creature ever crafted by WDI.

“To the people of the Himalayas, the yeti is absolutely real,” Rohde says. “We at WDI just took their inspiration to create the most realistic creature possible. And by the time you get through riding Expedition Everest, you will believe, too.”

A new thrill ride-a high-speed runaway train adventure-builds upon the Himalayan legend of the mythical yeti at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando.

The Twelve Days of Christmas is one of the most famous Christmas carols ever written. It has been sung for a great many years, and is known the world over. To most it is a delightful hymn, but it was originally created with a very serious intent. In England between the years of 1558 and 1829, it was illegal to practice Catholicism in public or private. It was essentially a crime to be Catholic in England during those years.

The Twelve Days of Christmas was written to help preserve the traditions of the Catholic faith during the years that Catholicism was banned in England. The song is steeped in symbolism, and the fact that it is so well known throughout the world is a testament to the faith of the followers of the Catholic doctrine. The symbols contained in the song are as follows:

1st verse – “True Love” refers to God.

2nd verse – “2 Turtle Doves” refers to the Old and New Testaments.

3rd verse – “3 French Hens” refers to Faith, Hope, and Charity.

4th verse – “4 Calling Birds” refers to the Four Gospels or the Four Evangelists.

5th verse – “5 Golden Rings” refers to the first five Books of the Old Testament.

6th verse – “6 Geese-a-laying” refers to the six days of creation.

7th verse – “7 Swans-a-swimming” refers to the seven sacraments.

8th verse – “8 Maids-a-milking” refers to the eight beatitudes.

9th verse – “9 Ladies dancing” refers to the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit.

10th verse – “10 Lords-a-leaping” refers to the Ten Commandments.

11th verse – “11 Pipers piping” refers to the eleven faithful apostles.

12th verse – “12 Drummers drumming” refers to the twelve points of the Apostle’s creed.

I love this song. It is, by far, my favorite Christmas carol. I had no idea about the symbols contained in the song, until I googled the song lyrics one afternoon. I find it very interesting that a song we all know so well could contain so many hidden meanings. I would never have guessed that it was anything more than lovely Christmas carol. It’s always nice to learn something new, especially about the wonderful celebration of Christmas. I hope you learned something, too. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

Christmas is just around the corner and many people are turning to the internet for their Christmas Holiday Shopping to save time, money, gas, and avoid the crowds. Can a good deal really be found online? Is it safe to purchase online? Where are the best places to shop online? Keep reading for some tips to make your holiday shopping online a little easier.

Great deals on the net…

Can a good deal be found online? Most definitely yes! Most large retailers have an online store and many run internet only specials, that translates into savings for you. Many stores are only found online as the cost to run an online store is less expensive than a brick and mortar store. Since these stores don’t have the high overhead they can provide some great deals that will only be found online. Price isn’t the only factor to consider when shopping for an item though. When searching for that special gift you will have a greater selection online and you won’t have to travel or beat the crowds. Instead of the local mall you can shop the world, all from the comfort of your own home. You are bound to find unique gifts online!

Shopping online is not only convenient it is safe when you follow a few simple rules.

5 Tips to Keep in Mind When Doing Your Christmas Holiday Shopping Online

1). Comparison shopping is a must, just like in regular stores. Don’t just think you are getting a good deal – know you are!

2). Know the shipping and handling costs before you make your purchase. Some stores may offer a great price only to make up for it with the shipping and handling charges. On the other hand, many stores offer free shipping!

3). Make sure the online store is reputable. Do they have a return policy and a privacy statement that you can live with? Do they offer secure purchases? You should only make online purchases through a site that offers secure purchases. Most sites that offer secure purchases will display it. For those that do not, look for the https: in the address bar to change to https: on the store’s shopping cart or the page where you put in your credit card number.

4). Make sure the online store includes complete contact information, including a phone number, e-mail address, and mailing address.

5). It’s best to make your online purchases with a credit card. A credit card offers you an extra level of protection in case something goes awry and the online store is not handling the situation to your satisfaction. Most credit card companies will reverse a charge if you dispute it for good reason and have tried to resolve the problem to no avail.

Holiday shopping can be stressful but by doing your Christmas holiday shopping online you can have an easier time of it. The World Wide Web offers many benefits to online Christmas shoppers such as, no lines, great deals and the widest variety of products. Go ahead, give it a try you may just be pleasantly surprised at how stress free your holiday shopping can be.

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