Remember when I reviewed The Book of Awesome back in 2010? Or The Book of (Even More) Awesome in 2011? Well, the creator of these books, Neil Pasricha, hasn't stopped sharing the awesomeness. He's created a third book: The Book of (Holiday) Awesome, and, as a big time holiday lover, this one might be my favorite.
Ever since I stumbled across his site, 1000 Awesome Things, Neil has been an inspiration to me. He seeks out the good in the smallest of situations and that's such a wonderful way to stay present. According to his bio on Amazon, Neil "is terrible at wrapping gifts, can't carve a turkey, and always forgets birthdays. He's just a regular guy who loves seeing the first shipment of eggnog in the store, eating all the chocolate in the Advent calendar at once, and driving around town to see all the Christmas lights. Neil started his site as a small reminder-in a world of rising sea levels, global conflict, and a troubled economy-of the free and easy little joys that make life sweet."
Neil's new book, The Book of (Holiday) Awesome, is showing us just how important it is to find the small joys during the crazy, hectic holidays. There are a lot of things to be stressed out about during the holidays. Sometimes the holidays bring out the worst in people. However, as Neil reminds us in his latest installment of awesome, there are so many completely awesome things about the holidays. From Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa to such holidays as Mother's Day and Father's Day, Thanksgiving, and beyond, Neil's book will show you just how awesome the holidays are.
Neil inspired me to think about what I love most about the upcoming holiday season -- Christmas, in particular -- and I've created a list below of some of the things I think are awesome about the holidays. Creating it has made me really thankful (and excited!) for the next few weeks and all I have to look forward to. I'd highly recommend taking a moment to create your own list of holiday awesome!
Positively Present's Holiday Awesome
- Seeing a Christmas tree lighting up a window in early December
- A holiday gift list with every person crossed off
- The Santa display suddenly appearing at the mall
- Finding the absolute perfect gift for someone you love
- Uploading all of your favorite holiday songs to your iPod
- Deer crossing signs with red stickers placed as Rudolph's nose
- Snowflakes coming down on Christmas morning (rare where I live!)
- An impressively, perfectly wrapped package
- Ridiculously tacky holiday decorations on a neighbor's house
- Baking (and eating!) sugar cookies with holiday sprinkles
- Christmas music playing in every single store
- Hanging up the stockings and decorating the tree
- The moment you hang your favorite ornament on the tree
- Terrible made-for-TV holiday movies (love you, Hallmark channel!)
- Cracking open a new door on an advent calendar
- My dog Bella's excitement when opening (everyone's!) Christmas gifts
- Turning off all the lights except the Christmas tree -- beautiful!
- Holiday favorites (Snoopy, Rudolph, Frosty, the Grinch) on TV
- Dressing up for holiday parties (sparkles! glitter!)
- Receiving holiday cards from dear friends in the mail
- When you unwrap the gift you really, really wanted
- Seeing strangers in the holiday spirit and sharing a smile
- Memories of childhood holidays coming back to you
- The smell of a roaring fire coming from someone's house
- Remembering what it was like to really believe in Santa
- Donating clothes and toys to those in need
- The smells of pine, cinnamon, pumpkin pie
- Opening one gift on Christmas Eve (which one will you pick!?)
- The look on a child's face on Christmas morning
- Watching the movie Elf over and over again
- Knowing the words to way too many holiday songs
- New holiday favorites (Jingle, I heart you!)
I know it was probably super exciting to read what I think is awesome about the holidays, but I know you're really dying to check out the what the awesome expert, Neil, has to say. Lucky for you, you can win a free copy of the book to keep for yourself or give as a holiday gift! See details below.
- Leave a comment about holiday awesomeness (any holiday!).
- Include your email address so we can contact you when you win.
- Want an extra chance to win? Tweet this link + mention @positivepresent
- The winner will be randomly selected on Tuesday, December 8, 2011.
Missing the Positively Present Photo Challenge?
Don't worry! For all of you interested in continuing to snap and share your photos, you can share your holiday awesomeness with the Positively Present 25 Day Photo Challenge: Christmas! Below are the categories for the next 25 days.
Day 1: Lights
Day 2: Decorations
Day 3: Gifts
Day 4: Tradition
Day 5: Santa
Day 6: Stockings
Day 7: Snow
Day 8: Tree
Day 9: Treats
Day 10: Joy
Day 11: Carols
Day 12: Vintage
Day 13: Festive
Day 14: Glitter
Day 15: Warmth
Day 16: Ornaments
Day 17: Wreath
Day 18: Giving
Day 19: Reindeer
Day 20: Memories
Day 21: Bells
Day 22: Cookies
Day 23: Sparkle
Day 24: Xmas Eve
Day 25: Unwrapped
Feel free to join the Photo Challenge any time! You can check out the Positively Present photos on Flickr, join the Positively Present Photo Challenge: Christmas! Flickr group, and share your photos on Twitter or Instagram using #PPphoto.