BONUS EPISODE: Holiday Special

December 24, 2020 00:15:25
BONUS EPISODE: Holiday Special
Words That Move Me with Dana Wilson
BONUS EPISODE: Holiday Special

Dec 24 2020 | 00:15:25


Show Notes

This holiday season is an extra special one.  There are likely more empty chairs than usual.  There is likely less togetherness.  Well, I’d like to be here for you even though you’re far away and I want to remind you (ehhhem, myself) that many of our together- traditions can still be awesome… even when we are less together.

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Speaker 0 00:00:03 This is words that move me, the podcast where movers and shakers, like you get the information and inspiration. You need to navigate your creative career with clarity and confidence. I am your host master mover, Dana Wilson. And if you're someone that loves to learn, laugh and is looking to rewrite the starving artist story, then sit tight, but don't stop moving because you're in the right place. Oh my goodness. My friends. Hello. Welcome to a bonus episode. Look at this. It's not even Wednesday. I'll tell you what it is though. If you're listening to this episode on the day of its release, it is Christmas Eve and I spend the last 30 minutes looking for some jingle bells around the house so that I could give a slightly more festive introduction to this episode. Now, listen, I was not raised religious one way or any other. Speaker 0 00:01:03 I am not a particularly religious person, but I do have a fair amount of faith in togetherness. I am fairly optimistic that togetherness in close proximity will get to happen someday out there, somewhere over the rainbow. And also it turns out I am a person that has a fondness for tradition and holiday nostalgia. And I do not mean pumpkin spice lattes for the record. I think pumpkin spice lattes are rude. I think they are offensive to pumpkins and offensive to lattes. I am sorry to a very large number of people who I may have just offended. I understand. I get it. I just, I simply, I am not a pumpkin spice person. Okay. Anyhow. Now that I've offended you and your taste buds, I've decided to create this bonus episode for two reasons. Number one, because I think that this holiday season is an extra special one. Speaker 0 00:02:03 There are likely to be more empty chairs than usual. There is likely to be much less togetherness than usual, and because I don't want anybody to feel alone today or this holiday season in general. So here I am with you this holiday season or some other day season. I really also, I want to tell you myself as well, that many of our together traditions can still be really awesome, even when we are less together. And my number two reason for creating this podcast. Okay, fine. It's like number 14 reason for creating this podcast is because I really, really want to share my new favorite version of blue Christmas, which is sung by my dear friend, live a rising star and indeed a very bright spot on my 20, but in true Christmas and holiday spirit, you have to be patient. You have to wait until the end of the episode. Speaker 0 00:03:06 Okay. So speaking of patients, um, or lack of impatience in my case, I recall like it was yesterday, rating my house for presence. The days before Christmas, I remembered this feeling because I was looking for jingle bells or like music makers. I even tried grabbing a salt shaker to see if, if I used it in front of my microphone, if it would have a similar effect, it didn't. But anyways, as a young one, I, I could not help myself. I remember years where I even told myself, like, I want to be surprised. I'm not going to peak rating my house, trying to find my Christmas presents. Am I alone? Um, I also remember, Oh, this is deer pretending to be Clara and sleeping with a Nutcracker, like an actual wood Nutcracker, which is actually very uncomfortable. I know I'm not the only one there. I know I'm not the only dance type who pretended to be Clara when they were young. Speaker 0 00:04:10 Um, let's see. I, I also remember being very small and full of butterflies, looking out my bedroom window for slay tracks or hoof prints all throughout the night on Christmas Eve, I would like wake up every 20 minutes and look out my window. Um, by the way, my, my window had this very particular view of the roof. I was, yeah. Okay, great. I also remember getting a similar type of excitement when I came downstairs and saw mimosas and my brother's famous coffee cake on the table for breakfast. That was in very recent years actually, but seriously, that's the type of tradition I'm talking about. So thank you, Scott. Thank you, Shelly. For the coffee cake that did not go unnoticed. I am ever so grateful. My family was one for strange holiday traditions to I'll go ahead and lay this one on you. Full honesty, full transparency here. Speaker 0 00:05:04 That's the nature of the pod. One of my family's traditions is to watch all three Lord of the rings films back to back. Now I know what you're thinking. That is a lot of talking and you actually have no idea because I failed to mention that we watched the director's edits. Yes, that is a lot of talking. That is a lot of Peter Jackson. In fact, that is exactly 11 hours and 26 minutes of Peter Jackson to be exact. That's a lot of middle earth and I am so here for it. Anyways. Some people think of Christmas when they hear jingle bells or Mariah Carey. I think of Christmas when I hear the Lord of the rings theme and the sound of ring raids, screeching. Okay. And we're back. Um, I think it's very interesting to hear about different traditions, odd family, traditions, traditions from all over the world. Speaker 0 00:06:00 I know that some families go caroling, some families have bonfires. Some families have big open roasts like pig roasts and other roasts. Um, that's the thing in Hawaii for sure. Probably nobody in New York city listening right now is having an outdoor roast. Um, some families go out all out. Some families go Ella wo some families go all out, decorating, indoors and out. Um, I know some families that do matching pajamas. My family tried to be that family for a little while it didn't catch on so much. Um, but I am. I'm so curious to hear what your special holiday traditions are. I really mean it. I'm curious. And if it would make you smile to write those out and send me a little note, please feel free. Go ahead and write me at words that move me podcast on Instagram. Or if you're feeling like you'd like to give me more than several sentences, then you know what I'm going to go ahead and open that up to an email opportunity. Speaker 0 00:06:58 That's WT M M [email protected]. I do think that writing to friends like good old fashioned letters, or, you know, I'll accept the holiday card. Writing to friends is a holiday tradition that I would like to adopt maybe next year and years forward. Uh, I've never been a greeting card sender type, um, until the podcast actually I've been sending thank you notes to those who joined the Patrion community and our up and coming new membership community so much fun. Yeah, I think, I think that's, I think this is me committing to becoming a person that sends cards around the holidays. Um, Oh, I do have another odd holiday tradition. Maybe not so odd. I can't wait to find out if I share this with anyone I'm I, we need to talk. Okay. I have to mention this one because I only just barely caught it on the fringes of my most distant memories a few days ago. Speaker 0 00:07:55 I could barely even remember the name of this radio broadcast show that my family listened to. Like we listened to it on cassette tape, but I believe it originated as a, as a radio broadcast show. Um, and we listened to it most nights leading up to Christmas, the program, it was called the cinnamon bear. Is this ringing any cinnamon bells for anyone? Um, we, we listened to these tapes like I was listening in the late eighties and early nineties, but it turns out the first broadcast of the cinnamon bear aired in 1937. Whoa. Um, I was able to find the whole entire series on YouTube by the way. And let me tell you what, if you happen to be alone for the holidays, or if you happen to be with a bunch of people who just have a bunch of time on your hands, I highly recommend digging into this throwback through, please go check out the show notes of this episode. Speaker 0 00:08:51 I will absolutely be linking to the cinnamon bear series now, YouTube. Um, the cinnamon bear saga is a, uh, I guess we call it a story of a slightly singing cinnamon bear and two twins. Well, one set of twins, two actual twins, Judy and Jimmy Barton and their adventure to find the silver star that tops their Christmas tree. Like they go into the attic and they have to find the star and they find this in bear that sayings it's incredible. Every single one on the radio program, it speaks like Judy Garland from the wizard of Oz. So it's definitely a vibe. Um, I don't think I knew this at the time either, but the show was designed to be listened to six days a week between Thanksgiving day and Christmas Eve. Um, altogether there's probably quite long actually. Yeah. Each episode is probably 15 minutes long, but still it's not even equivalent to the fellowship of the ring, which by the way, is the shortest of the trilogy I'm coming in at a whopping like 208 minutes. Speaker 0 00:09:53 I think don't quote me, but pretty sure I'm in the ballpark. Anyways, the cinnamon bear story is beautiful and I, I actually listened to a couple of episodes and was surprised at how my imagination seemed to work the same as it did when I was a kid. Like I remembered visions that I had as a kid. It wasn't a TV show. It was in a movie. I, I dreamed up what that world looked like. And I saw it again as an adult. And it was just the coolest thing I am so wondering if any of you guys listened to the cinnamon bear and if you might have a similar response, um, if you catch a listen to it again now as a or grown-up type anyways, at very least you will for sure get into the opening theme. I almost cried when I heard it again a few days ago. Speaker 0 00:10:44 Um, but the story really is an adventure. It is quite exciting. Oh my God. I just had a realization. There are dragons in both stories. Holy smokes. Yes. The Lord of the rings has dragons and this Inman bear also, they dragons. If that tells you anything about my family and our sense of drama, there you go. All right. So I listened to some cinnamon bear. I made hot toddies, I've baked some cookies. I currently am standing and a fuzzy robe and fuzzy slippers. As I talked to you into my microphone right now, I'm about to get into my Lord of the rings. But what I would really love to do on this Christmas Eve of 2020 and every single single day from here on out after that gift you, this thought it is not the things that you do or wear or eat that make a holiday cheerful or bright or blue for that matter. It's what you choose to think about it. So you could choose the thing that this is the worst Christmas and holiday season ever. And it probably will be, or you could choose to think that this holiday is odd and different and might still be awesome. Speaker 0 00:12:12 And it just might be, especially if Lord of the rings and the cinnamon bear have anything to do with it today. I am choosing to think that I am loved and I love you. And there is nothing that you can do about that. So there, I just stuck my tongue at the microphone is true. I love you. Thank you so much for being here, listening to this podcast and other episodes, hopefully to get a taste for what words that move me is really about, but still I thank you. And I do love you. And speaking of love, I'm about to go get my Lord of the rings on, and you are about to get an earful of holiday blues in the best possible way. This is me wishing you not a happy, not as sad, but a very full holiday season. And this is live with blue Christmas. Enjoy Speaker 1 00:13:40 <inaudible>.

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