I remember, as a girl, looking forward to the holidays with such anticipation. Thanksgiving meant my mother's chocolate fudge and all the aunts and uncles gathered around the table telling stories I loved to hear. It meant Christmas was just around the corner, sleeping with all my cousins piled on pallets on the floor at my grandmother's house, the aunts peeling fresh oranges for ambrosia, and ripping paper and ribbons on Christmas morning.
Looking forward is an idiom of our language, but let's take it into the physical realm and make it a literal movement of the head. As you move through your day, do you look forward or is your neck constantly hanging forward, eyes focused on the floor or ground in front of you. Sure, sometimes you need to watch where you're going, make sure you aren't going to step into a pothole in the parking lot. But looking down has become the primary posture for most of us.
As you look forward to the holiday season, take your gaze forward, too. Lift your chin, see what's in front of you. You might be surprised at what you've been missing. And your neck and back will be much happier during the holidays!