It’s the night before the night before the big day for baby Jesus and everyone waiting to give and receive gifts galore and my past experience with such circumstances has always shown me that today is a very important day in order to fully enjoy the days that are to follow. Some people will get rest. Some others will get stuck in traffic because they just have to get that last special present at such and such place. But my advice is for you to plan accordingly for the holiday hurricane that is sure to hit your shores in due time. I have three separate ideas that, if done right, will make for many good times for all and to all a good night.
First and foremost, as predicted for the regular reader here, it is to no surprise that one of my favorite festive ideas is to visit yet another stellar party at Art & Invention Gallery. For the sixth Christmas Eve in a row, Art & Invention Gallery is throwing a pajama party and SALE! With so many artful gifts and pajamas combined, it’s fairly easy to see yourself jumping out of bed on Christmas Eve into the public eye to do some very last minute Christmas shopping before Santa reaches your home. So join all of the other local last minute shoppers and patrons of the arts to help Art & Invention Gallery (from 11am-4pm on Christmas Eve) alongside 6 other participating East Nashville businesses for holiday shopping made simple and FUN (others including Alegria, Back East & Wonders on Woodland, East Garden, Fanny’s House of Music, and Talula Gallery for more great Pajama Party savings).
Second on my list, and not too far away from where your heart is, is a chance to really make a positive difference in someone’s life. Local artist Kirk Seufert has recently shed a light on one of his favorite people who just happens to be homeless. Kirk’s friend Diane is intelligent, articulate, interesting and sweet as can be. Never one to ask a soul for a dime, any helpful change that you can give her this time of year will go further than those darn cookies for Santa. Kirk says that Diane can usually be found around the Crosswalk Bench on Demonbreun Street where she just sits and guards the parking lot. And if you can’t make it out to Diane’s bench this holiday season, please feel free to donate a dollar or two to those out on the streets trying to make a living while selling newspapers for The Contributor.
So if your holiday heart has enough room to helps others beyond your own personal circle of family and friends this time of year, I encourage you to do so in as many creative and altruistic ways as you can imagine. Oh, my last idea that I was originally talking about above is to kick off the New Year with a favorite book of mine. Literally a favorite book of mine, Adventures Inside A Bright-Eyed Sky is an original tale I wrote that the kid of any age will love, learn from, and learn to love over and over again once they see inside the wonderful cover artwork done by local artist Andee Rudloff. All of the proceeds from the first 3,000 sold are directly going towards helping cancer research and relief organizations. Why not help others to help others and pay it all forward while you can and are able?
With that in heart and mind, I hope you enjoy the journey and the best holiday season that you’ve ever had before. Today is a new day and a fresh start for you to make history. Be safe, kind, humble, and aware that we all can make a positive difference … this holiday season and beyond!