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Celebration – 5 areas in life we should Celebrate daily

December 21, 2023

December, a month full of celebration both religious and secular. The time to celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah and other religious celebrations which I discovered in the blog post 12 religious holidays believers celebrate in December – Deseret News

For me, I was raised in the Christian religion and so my family celebrate Christmas. Especially during this time of year, I stop to pause and think of the Christmas message which is about hope for the world – and couldn’t the world do with a large dose of hope, kindness and love at the moment!

It’s time for this month’s Tell Us About…. a link up hosted by some lovely ladies (including me) from all over the world. You can see who they are at the end of the post and I encourage you to visit their blogs and check out what they have written for this month’s prompt.

Each month one of the members selects a topic/prompt and this month it is Tell Us About……Celebration. This month’s prompt was suggested by the lovely Debbie from Deb’s World.

‘Celebrate’ is such a joyful word because when we celebrate we are filled with happiness and joy

What does Celebrate mean?

To celebrate means to mark a special occasion or significant event with joy, enthusiasm, and festivity. It involves expressing happiness, gratitude, or appreciation through various activities, such as parties, gatherings, ceremonies, traditions, or rituals. Celebrations can be personal, cultural, religious, or social in nature, and they serve as opportunities to honor achievements, milestones, holidays, or moments of significance in our lives.

Our family Christmas celebration.

Mike and Sue Santa and Mrs Claus 2023

Last Sunday we celebrated our blended family Christmas. It was the first time in four years that we could all gather together and it was such a lovely afternoon. Hectic and chaotic with 10 adults and 7 children in a townhouse (how did we manage to fit them all in?) but I loved every minute of it. You can read my post Easy Entertaining during the Festive Season where I share two new ideas I tried – a charcuterie board and a make-your-own pavlova. Both were so easy and certainly a hit with everyone.

I love a celebration especially during the Festive Season spending time with family and friends.  For the Celebration prompt I was going to write about our family celebrations however I decide to take a different angle, looking at areas in life that we should celebrate more

Celebration – 5 areas we should celebrate daily

Celebrate the little things

When we think about the word ‘Celebrate’ we tend to focus on the major events such as birthdays, weddings, successes, the Festive Season. Too often we get caught up in life and forget to appreciate the every day things that bring us joy. Taking time each day to reflect on, celebrate and appreciate the little things in life that have brought some sunshine to our day, brings a sense of calm and gratitude. When I go for a walk by the lake nearby, I take time to appreciate nature. To just be in the moment. Each day can bring little things to celebrate which in turn makes life so much more enjoyable.

Celebrate its the little things 4

Celebrate your story

Sharing and celebrating our story helps us to learn more about ourselves.  We often dismiss our qualities or experiences as not being important, yet they are what make us who we are. Sharing our story is not just important for ourselves but it is also of importance to our children and grandchildren.  I lost my Mum to breast cancer over 35 years ago and I wish I had asked more questions about her story before she died.  I am fortunate to have a cousin, who was like another daughter to Mum, who fills me in on stories of my Mum before I was born or too little to remember.

Celebrate life, family and friends

It might seem a cliché but life is short and sometimes we need a jolt to realise how precious life can be. It is so easy to take life for granted and focus on the negatives of aging rather than celebrating life, appreciating and enjoying each day. As Mark Twain said:

Do not complain about growing old. It is a privalege denied to many.

Mark Twain

Celebrating our relationships and what they mean to us is important too. Sometimes it is easy to take those closest to us for granted (and vice versa) or get caught up in the ‘busyness’ of life. Making time to be present with them and enjoying quality time together is a priority I try to make daily. This year I re-introduced our Home Restaurante Date Nights where I make a special dinner and my husband and I enjoy the food and each other’s company without interruption.

Celebrate change – Don’t fear it.

Change happens every day even when we don’t realise it is happening.  Most of us like our comfort zone and don’t like the idea of change – especially as we get older.  However, embracing change can bring new possibilities and new beginnings.  Accepting new opportunities can be exciting and motivating. Now I’m the first to admit that ‘comfort zones’ is a comfortable feeling and there isn’t anything wrong with that.  However, if you are faced with change you will find that your attitude plays an important part in whether you have a positive or negative experience.

Change can be a positive in our lives so instead of fearing change – accept it, embrace it and celebrate it.

Celebrate YOU – the most important celebration

For many years I struggled with how I looked – my face, my body in fact the whole package.  It wasn’t until I turned 50 that I started to see the positives about myself and realise that ‘perfection’ doesn’t exist naturally and I wasn’t interested in ‘going under the knife’.

I decided that the most important thing I could do for myself was to be fit, active and healthy so I could keep up with my grandchildren and also enjoy my life.

Sure it isn’t easy looking at ourselves as we age.  It is easy to look at the negatives – wrinkles, sagging bodies, hormonal changes – the superficial things and yes being a woman sucks sometimes.  Men are regarded as distinguished as they age but women are not afforded the same compliment.

Attitude and accepting the way you are is vital for building self-confidence.  Once we accept who we are and can see ourselves in a positive way life changes for the better.

We stop wasting time comparing ourselves to others or listening to the negative voice in our head trying to bring us down and use our time wisely to celebrate who we are.

We should focus daily on the qualities that make us who we are. The qualities that our family and friends admire and love us for.

Most of all we should become our own best friend and treat ourselves with kindness and respect as we would treat others.

You are unique, one of a kind, and that’s worth celebrating every day

Sue, Women Living Well After 50.

Well that’s my take on the prompt ‘Celebration’. Would you add any other points to my list? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Sue Loncaric

Tell Us About….Contributors


Gail from Is This Mutton goes back to the 60s to recount a typical birthday and Christmas in her childhood.  Expect lucky bags and a hedgehog made of a potato.  Find her post at  https://www.isthismutton.com 

Deb from Deb’s World (Australia) – Debbie doesn’t have grand parties or drink to excess, so it’s not the party lifestyle she’s seeking, it’s the joy of celebrating with friends and family, and being in the moment that counts. Debbie looks back at some big celebrations and shares the moments of joy with her readers. Find her post at https://www.debs-world.com

Suzy from The Grey Brunette (Brit living in Portugal) – Suzy shares a glimpse of her world, where celebrations are all about finding joy in everyday moments, from cozy holidays with family to milestone adventures, highlighting the beauty found in life’s simplicity.   Find her post at https://www.thegreybrunette.com/tell-us-about-celebration

Leslie from Once Upon a Time, Happily Ever After – For this month’s prompt, Leslie is sharing celebrations past and present and the special moments she hopes to celebrate in the very near future.  Find her post at   https://onceuponatimehappilyeverafter.com/

Marsha, from Marsha In the Middle  –  Marsha recounts the years leading up to and including her daughter’s wedding…a week before Christmas!  Find her post at https://marshainthemiddle.com/ .

Penny from Frugal Fashion Shopper – Penny remembers Christmases past and present and ends with a big shout-out to all low-paid workers in those essential jobs and the many volunteers who give their time to run so many things. Let’s celebrate those wonderful people.” Find her post at https://frugalfashionshopper.co.uk/

Mary Katherine from MK’s Adventures If there’s one thing Mary Katherine and her crew know how to do, it’s celebrate.  Read about some epic celebration here: https://mksadventure.com/

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20 Comments

  • Reply Gail Is This Mutton December 21, 2023 at 17:44

    I love your different perspective on Celebration. I definitely want to celebrate more of the smaller things in life and have bought a beautiful almanac which gives seasonal things to celebrate each month. You’re so right about celebrating ourselves. There’s so much insecurity and negativity around growing and looking older. It can be the most joyful time in our lives.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 21, 2023 at 17:48

      Hi Gail, thank you for your comment and I love the idea for the almanac. I will try to look out for one. Thanks for organising Tell Us About and I’ll link up when the link is open. Best wishes for a very happy Christmas and 2024. x

  • Reply Debbie December 21, 2023 at 21:41

    What a fabulous and creative way to respond to the prompt Sue. You’re so right we need to celebrate the little things. ore and definitely celebrate our own uniqueness. Thanks for the timely reminders and you are a wonderful friend, beautiful inside and out!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2023 at 05:17

      Thank you Deb, I’m trying to use the Tell Us About… prompts to extend my creative thinking and most of the time it’s been working. You certainly have cause for a wonderful celebration this Christmas being surrounded by ALL of your family. I’m so excited for you and can’t wait to hear all about it and see the photos of you all making memories. x

  • Reply Sylvia December 22, 2023 at 00:23

    Thanks so much for the reminder about the importance of little things. It is exactly what I need right now. It’s the first time I’ve found your blog (via Gail’s) and I look forward to finding my way around.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2023 at 05:20

      Hello Sylvia! Thanks for visiting and I’m so pleased you found my blog. I hope you enjoy your visit and will visit again. Wishing you a very happy holiday season and a wonderful 2024.

  • Reply Retirement Reflections December 22, 2023 at 04:21

    Hi, Sue – I agree with your reasons for celebration and I absolutely love how you celebrate and cherish thing important things – big and small. Wishing you, Mike and family an absolutely wonderful holiday and a happy and healthy new year!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2023 at 05:20

      Hello Donna! You truly are a wonderful friend and although your Christmas day will be hectic and chaotic, having all the family together as well as the dogs will be certainly cause for celebration. Enjoy! xx

  • Reply mkmiller09393 December 22, 2023 at 07:20

    Much wisdom here, Sue! You definately have your priorities in order. It’s sad it takes us decades to learn these things, but I guess that’s part of “youth being wasted on the young”. Merry Christmas, friend!

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee December 22, 2023 at 07:54

    I really love this post. I’m working on the body stuff. It’s hard. But after lockdown I decided we needed to celebrate more – celebrate anything and everything. While we can!

  • Reply Bernie December 22, 2023 at 14:01

    As I lay down at night I focus on 3 gratitude’s from each day. That helps keep the negative thoughts from swirling and keeps me living in the present. I love your list of what to celebrate. Bernie

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 22, 2023 at 14:02

      Hi Bernie, that’s a great time to focus on gratitude. I know my head swirls sometimes at night if I’ve had a busy day. Have a wonderful Christmas and I look forward to staying connected with you in 2024. x

  • Reply marsha57 December 22, 2023 at 14:02

    You always make me think, Sue! I have spent too much time whinging and worrying about things I can and cannot change. It’s time to step up to the plate and start celebrating life and me and all the wonderful things that come along. You are so right that we always think celebrations should be big things. My husband and I used to end our days with three gratitudes. We got out of that habit, but I think I shall reinstate it. It definitely made us both think about what we had to be grateful for.

    Have a wonderful holiday season and celebrate it!

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

  • Reply Natalie December 24, 2023 at 11:52

    Hi Sue, I love your take on Celebration and agree with you on your list of five. Thank you for linking up with Weekend Coffee Share. Merry Christmas to you and Mike!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 26, 2023 at 07:59

      Hi Natalie I hope you have a wonderful Festive Season and 2024 x

  • Reply Janet Alcorn December 25, 2023 at 05:10

    What a wonderful list! #2 especially resonated. I wish I’d listened more to my parents’ stories when I was young instead of nodding along and waiting for them to quit being boring (oh, the ignorance and arrogance of youth).

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 26, 2023 at 08:00

      Hi Janet! Merry Christmas! It is one of my regrets not having had the time to talk to Mum more about her life. We were all busy growing up and then both she and Dad died in their 60s and I lost the opportunity. I’m trying to make up for that sharing stories with my family x

  • Reply Blogzify Blogging December 27, 2023 at 01:13

    This post is incredibly insightful and well-written! 🌟 I appreciate the effort you’ve put into sharing this valuable information. It’s evident that you have a deep understanding of the subject. Keep up the great work, and I’m looking forward to more posts from you!

  • Reply KymPossible December 28, 2023 at 13:12

    Yes, we could also use more hope and kindness throughout the year, I’m sure! I love the five things you’ve reminded us to celebrate, and I think it’s so important to celebrate the little things each day. Very encouraging!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric December 29, 2023 at 09:52

      Thank you, Kym. The world is definitely not a happy place at the moment so it’s good to really look to what we value in life. Happy New Year to you. x

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