Elizabeth Willis Barrett
I’ve been such a Grinchy Scrooge or Scroogy Grinch around Christmas time for several years–OK, for most years–that I think it’s time I did something about it. So I am going to practice Ebenezer’s proclamation: “I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.”
Every day of this brand new 2013, I resolve to do something in commemoration of Christmas. I am calling it The Christmas Experiment.
With a little remembering from Junior High Science and some help from the Internet, I have relearned the parts of an experiment. Here they are in relationship to my experiment.
Observation/Problem: Because I have been much too negative about Christmas and the inevitably of its coming each year has made me dread the lovely autumn months, I would like to discover what effect various planned activities performed each day for a year will have on my personal attitude about the upcoming Christmas Season of 2013.
Hypothesis: I believe that if I perform a planned task daily with Christmas in mind, that I will look forward to the celebration of 2013‘s Christmas with joy instead of agitation and the Christmas Spirit will permeate my heart and home.
Procedure: Every day of 2013 I will do something that will help prepare me for Christmas or give me a feeling of its Spirit. These tasks might include: writing a note to someone, planning or having a gathering of friends or family, de-junking an area which will make having guests less stressful, reading a Christmas thought or story, performing a singular service, preparing for and participating in a Christmas Boutique, listening to or practicing Christmas music, getting a head start on gift buying, reading about the Savior and His life and trying to live as He would have me live. Whatever the experience, it will be done with the purpose of “honor(ing) Christmas in my heart and try(ing) to keep it all the year.”
Results: These tasks will be recorded daily (when life’s happenings don’t interfere with my writing) on my blog entitled thechristmasexperiment.com, along with a change of attitude results.
Discussion: If anyone wants to join me in this experiment that would be wonderful. Then you could make comments and we could get a discussion going.
Conclusion: When Christmas comes around again in twelve months (which will feel like only four months), I will be able to determine whether the results of this experiment support or reject my hypothesis. Until then, on with honoring and keeping!