Something told me to take hoops along to my mom’s house for Christmas. I’m very glad I did!
I have quite a large family with a lot of active kids. My cousin has four, and they are quite a lot of fun. I thought it might be fun for the kids and I to go outside after dinner and play with the hoops.
Little did I know, Vanessa, the girl in the pink sweatsuit and cute hat, got a hula hoop for Christmas! Vanessa, I believe, is nine. What I do know is that she’s extremely active. And now I know she’s pretty awesome at waist hooping!
I went out back and played around in the yard. Vanessa came out and joined me. We had hoop races, and rolled the hoop back and forth to each other, and I tried to teach her to “walk the dog.” At one point, our cousin Hayley came out, as did Vanessa’s sister Alexis and stepmom Nicole.
Nicole is in the red shirt, and we got to talking about hooping, and how it can be great exercise. She said she can totally see waist hooping with some music for a few minutes. After hearing that, I gave her one of my adult hoops that I never use. Nicole was quite excited about that. If I’m not using a hoop I haven’t bonded with, I’m glad to find someone who can use it.
That was my hoopy Christmas. I’m glad to spread a little hoopy joy around the family. I will have to remember to bring my hoops again to the next family holiday gathering.
Studio Spin had a holiday party on Sunday, and I went. It was fun! There were plenty of goodies to eat and drink, good music, and even a white elephant gift exchange.
What struck me the most about the party was what happened after the festivities had ended, for the most part. People started playing around on the poles, and a nice lady I met wanted me to demonstrate hooping. Knowing where Rachel had stashed the studio’s hoops, I grabbed on and started playing.
As what usually happens, people want to try. I love that! I get to show them how to waist hoop and see the happiness on their faces when they manage to sustain that spinning hoop for just a few seconds. It makes them feel good and it makes me feel good, too.
There was one girl in particular who was especially anxious to try. I worked with her for a few minutes, showing her the two main ways to waist hoop, and she managed to get it! I admire her persistence.
And that how I spread some holiday hooping joy on Sunday.
My friend Ellen had requested that I make her a Christmas hoop, as Christmas is by far her favorite holiday of the year. Here it is! It’s the not the greatest photo here, but if you look closely, you can see the red and green, with some gold and silver, stripes in there. I got a call from her yesterday, and she loves it!
This hoop is much prettier when the light hits it and and is really sunny out. That’s one of the joys of pretty hoops, isn’t it?
Other hoopy news? Not a whole lot. I did get some indoor practice in over the weekend and am working on a new Hooping.org article. Otherwise, it’s cold and windy outside, and I feel like hibernating. Still, the hoop calls, and I will get as much practice as I can inside.