Feeling Festive! Pink Lights, Snoop Dogg, & Pandora (Also, Why I ♡ Holidays)
After Halloween I no longer feel like a seasonal rebel playing my perfect Pandora holiday station. Now that it’s socially acceptable to start thinking about Christmas, or your winter holiday of preference, perhaps you’d like to know what my recipe for a flawless holiday Pandora station is! Well, I’ll tell you.
I started with Michael Buble (Holiday). After a few days of listening and thumbs up/down-ing my favorites and least favorites, I added the following stations for variety:
→ Cortex Cure (Holiday)
→ Bing Crosby (Holiday)
→ Late Night Alumni
→ Late Night Alumni (Holiday)
I added the Kaskade station for a few days as well, but I removed it until the snow starts falling. Something about snow on the ground goes well with shimmy-zingy-sounding electronic girly trance in my mind. ☆
In other news, my office and the bedroom are now decked out in pink and blue lights.
And I found this exciting issue of Rolling Stone in our “to toss” magazine pile. Had to save it. Snoop Dogg is about to smoke that candy cane and then there’s no telling what will happen.
So, I want to talk about something.
I’m doped up on cold medicine, my throat and lungs are burning, and I can’t breathe through my nose, but I’m in a good mood tonight. Why? The holidays are coming!
For myself, holidays = family (who I love), friends (who I love), food (which I love), decorations (which I love), snow (which I love), TV Christmas specials (which I love), and a whole plethora of things I keep close around the end of the year to ensure it goes out with a festive spin.
I understand that for some people (as Gala Darling discussed in her most recent live stream re: Staying Sane during the holidays), holidays mean fighting with family, sitting through agonizing dinners where everyone is forced to get together, spending time with people who haven’t been actively aware of what you’re doing with your life for years (instant frustration), being short on money because of gifts/decor/whatever, and feeling forced into holiday obligations.
That is not the case for me.
I have friends who hate the holidays, some who are indifferent to the holidays—and I used to verbally duke it out with them, trying desperately to uncover why they are missing out on my favorite time of the year. In order to help them uncover the festive spirit I was sure existed somewhere inside, I had to turn inward and find out what makes me happy (specifically) during the holidays.
I learned that it’s a combination of the following:
1. Being massively blessed with positive, loving, ridiculously interesting people in my life with whom to celebrate. I had a storybook childhood, I have a family of people who are close and supportive of one another.
2. Being raised to enjoy every season to the max. As a kid, whether it was fall, winter, spring, or summer, my parents were encouraging celebration, outdoor games and general jolly behavior. I was sledding, figure skating, playing tennis, building forts, roller-blading, bobbing for apples, collecting leaves… all year ’round.
3. Having acquired an adoration for decor, interior design, party-planning, and coordinating end products.
4. Working in the fashion industry, specifically in editorial, where you are inevitably forced to start thinking about jingle-bells and jingle-sales and holiday collections and compiling gift guides far sooner than the average gal.
5. A healthy dose of actively choosing to love and look forward to the holiday season. Period.
So, after reviewing my list, I realized a few things. Not everyone’s upbringing is similar to mine. In fact, I realized quickly that I had friends who grew up in stark contrast to my ongoing jamboree of seasonal bliss and sprightly fun.
And while most people are not willing to switch careers in order to think about the holidays sooner (sounds like a nightmare to some, I’m sure), everyone does have control over #5. Sure, I may be predisposed to engage in #5, but anyone can learn to get in on actively choosing to celebrate.
Yes, you can choose to love the holidays!
You can design a holiday you love!
That is something I will be exploring more as I post through the holiday season, because there is such a massive festivity deficit in people in general—especially those living in cramped urban areas where money is tight and stress is high. Big surprise.
And when I say festivity I am not talking manufactured festivity. I am talking genuine festive feelings that come from within and cause one to celebrate.
Even though I’m sick right now and to be honest, pretty stressed out over what my trip to the doctor is going to cost next week, my stolen phone, bills, and this messy apartment ( just to pick a few things off the top of my head), I am feeling festive.
Because festivity is a state of mind that envelopes whatever’s going on in your life, good and bad, and sprinkles a bit of excitement, positivity, and desire to actively appreciate what/who we have.
In upcoming blog posts, I will talk about this more. After all, this blog is about fashion and festivity. Seriously, it is. Check that little slogan at the top. Stay tuned for that—if you’re like most people who walk the earth, you could use more celebration in your life (not the kind that requires you to drop by the drug store and pick up a Hallmark card).
So, until next time.