Daily Resolution: Press Play

Customize a  “play list” for you or your family. Before you start an internet hunt for classic tunes, check with others who may have a trove of medleys you could borrow to create your own compilation. Fill the room and set the mood. There are also many free radio venues that can be accessed through the internet which categorize holiday music if your particular tastes run in a specific genre like classics, children’s songs, jazzy, gospel, etc.

Daily Resolution: Watch Some Classic Movies

Make some time to watch a classic movie with friends or family. For example, during the holidays, some list toppers include: “A Christmas Story,” “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “The Bells of St. Mary’s,” “Prancer,” and “Elf”. Get a television schedule to see what is playing and plan for a popcorn night. Many of these annual favorites can also be found in local stores, online, or can be rented. Already have your own copy? Dust it off and take a stroll with Jimmy Stewart through Bedford Falls, sing a song with Bing Crosby, or appreciate the innocence of Buddy the Elf…just don’t shoot your eye out, kid!

Daily Resolution: Share a Story

With the growing popularity of e-readers, electronic books have prompted even more dust on our bookshelf volumes of literature. Whether you have joined the e-text generation or not, there is still something to be said for a hard copy book, and they offer something personal when they are inscribed for a special person with a thoughtful message and dated. Choose a book from your own collection or get one from a secondhand bookstore that is one of your favorite titles. Inscribe it, date it, sign, give it. The story it tells will outlast any e-text.

Daily Resolution: Give Yourself an Adult Fieldtrip

Cultural activities are often as close as our own backyard. Museums, theaters, and music venues are more accessible than we may realize; you do not have to go to the “big city” to find some fabulous exhibits or performances. Check out what your local community has to offer. Even if you live in a rural area, you may be able to get inexpensive tickets to the local high school’s production of “Grease,” or take in a local music talent at a nearby restaurant. An art gallery might be poised and ready to welcome you with artwork by someone you know!

Daily Resolution: Cash in Your Calendar

One product that will never go out of style is the calendar.  While our “electronic secretaries” might track our appointments and meetings in cyberspace or on screen, there is still an affinity for the pin-up calendars (the kind that have a large image with the dates below it). Our calendars make bold statements about who we are. They are displayed proudly where others can see them, and then when the year is over we discard them. Stretch the year a little longer: Frame a few in a series, display on your refrigerator, put them up in a locker. Don’t have one? Watch for sales at the end of January and get yourself one! You can find everything from country landscapes to cuisine to puppies to Elvis!

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