It happens every year at some point; but I can never predict exactly when. You know what I am referring to, It’s the moment when the “Christmas Tingle” hits. That warm, fuzzy feeling that feels like past Christmas nostalgia, hope for the future and joy, all rolled up into one, giant tidal wave of emotion.
One year it hit me fairly early in the season when we were decorating the tree; the next year it happened in the kitchen as I was cleaning up Christmas Eve dinner with my daughter. Strangely enough, the “Christmas Tingle” has even hit me while listening to the department store intercom Christmas music. The point is, you can craft a holiday plan designed to fill everyone with the holiday spirit but you can’t guarantee that it will occur at the time you designate.
Things don’t always go as planned
Keep in mind that sometimes things don’t go according to plan and it’s ok. Let yourself be open to live in the moment and go “off plan” if real life takes you in an interesting direction. Sometimes the best moments are unscripted.
This general concept can also be applied photography. We can set up a photo shot and put everyone in place with perfect smiles, but sometimes the best image is one that happens spontaneously. When this occurs, it’s best to go with it.
Merry Christmas. May “the tingle” hit you hard this year.