Dear Huffington Post readers,
My name is Neil Pasricha and I'm a no-name 32-year old guy who lives up in Toronto,
Canada. After a rough patch in life I wrote a book called The Book of Awesome and then The Book of (Even More) Awesome, which were based on my website.
The good folks at Huffington Post let me share some awesome things with you a couple times
over the past two years and they asked me to come back and share a few more about the
And well, I don't know about you, but I think holidays are stressful.
Long shopping lists, tricky travel, and visiting in-laws all snowball into busy weeks of
blood boiling bliss. After all, when that tree's wedged up high, when the presents are all
wrapped, when the party dress is squeezed on... well, sometimes you just want eggnog
and a nap.
And that's why we're putting out The Book of (Holiday) Awesome.
It's meant to be a little escape between gravy boats and Christmas lights, between holiday
baking and board game nights. Because sometimes between Christmas card stresses and
dinnertime messes, it's easy to forget we're celebrating some pretty big things.
Like love, big hugs and solid family time right when we need it most.
Have an awesome holiday,
I think the whole eggnog industry follows the "Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind" diet plan. Just think! They're saying "Here, enjoy this deliciously sweet and creamy drink, but - ah, ah, ah! You can only have it in December. Here, grind some cinnamon on top, spike it with rum, break out the crystal punch glasses for a sugary surprise in your mouth, but -ah, ah, ah! There's none available in the new year. And thank goodness, thank gracious, thank God for that. Because if we drank eggnog all the time we'd get pretty fat. AWESOME!
Crystal bowls of red jelly beans, snowman ties, and festive cheer all spring up in the cubicle hallways as the holidays get near. And sure, sure, holidays are about big love, family time, and being at home, but it's fun getting in the mood with the folks we spend our days with too. Nothing says Christmas is Coming more than the classic Secret Santa moment at your workplace. We all drop our names into a bowl and everyone picks one out of the pot to buy them a little present within the five or ten dollar budget. Getting the person you have a crush on for your office Secret Santa is a beautiful moment. When you unfold the paper and reveal the object of your desire, suddenly you've got an excuse to send a signal to someone you've been flirting with all year. Just avoid the lace panties. AWESOME!
Wrapping is serious. Yes, somewhere between peeling tape, snipping corners, and curling ribbons, you start obsessing over all the little details. And sure, if you're like me your present just ends up a corner-dented patchwork of twisted tape and shoddy edges. But for the pros there's something sweet and getting the whole thing looking jussssssssssst right. AWESOME!
What's your favorite? 1. That Rudolph stop-motion special. Sam the Snowman narrates this epic tale of outcasts Rudolph and Hermey the Elf as they stumble through the North Pole meeting Yukon Cornelius and the Abominable Snowman before taking refuge on the Island of Misfit Toys. Never forget the moral of the story: Follow your heart and become a dentist. 2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas. All the Whos living in Whoville have a serious problem in that there's a freakish monster living in the cliffs above their romantic mountain town who is dramatically reducing property values by the day. If you don't love the big sing-a-long finish, your heart is officially three sizes too small. 3. Any non-Christmas movie that takes place during Christmas. Sure, Bruce Willis crawling around office ducts in Die Hard might not seem festive, but listening closely to the soundtrack and you'll see it deserves a place up here. Let's throw in Lethal Weapon, Batman Returns, and Gremlins, too. 4. Frosty the Snowman. Poor Frosty just doesn't have the personality of Sam The Snowman from the Rudolph special. And since they always air this one with Rudolph, the inferiority of Frosty jumps out even more. Honestly, if Frosty is your favorite old Christmas special, then I feel sorry for you. You had a rough childhood. AWESOME!
Turn out the lights. Pull the curtains open and watch as jumbo snowflakes drift past the window, snow- covered kids walk by dragging sleds, and winter winds whisper through the evergreens. Smell the turkey crisping in the oven, listen to scratchy carols spinning in your head, and hear footsteps from the family slowly come together in front of the sparkling tree... Swipe your daughter's bangs as she lies in your lap, smile at Grandpa sipping eggnog on the ottoman, or cuddle up with your cousins in a pile of cozy blankets and comfy sweats on the couch. Sip that crystal glass of eggnog, sniff the pine of the tree, and relax and share a quiet moment of bliss with someone touching your hands... or your heart. AWESOME!
Turkey forensic scientists, international dream researchers, and amateur wishologists have assembled a significant stack of well-researched papers mathematically suggesting this actually means nothing. But we both know it's proof your dreams will come true. AWESOME!
Remember that one man's trash is another man's treasure. When you look at it this way, it feels like you're doing very important gift-giving charity work. You're a misfit gift coordinator! Now, you need to be about ninety percent sure the regiftee will love the present. After all, there's nothing wrong with gift cards to Taco Bell and light-up ceramic angels. It's just that one goes to your backwards-cap skateboarding rascal of a little cousin and the other goes to your Grandma who loves tacos. AWESOME!