This time of year can be very depressing for many people. I tend to bounce between anxiety to happiness, sometimes in a matter of minutes. So, it’s really important to focus on what you need, and how you treat others, especially if your own emotions are flying all over the place. Slow down, take a breath and find the calmness in yourself. When you do this, you can interact in a much more positive way with others. Then, tackle all the additional things that need to be done.
Thanksgiving is over and done. The dishes have been washed and put away. Those five pounds you’ve put on (I hope not!) will probably add up to a grand total of ten before the holidays are over. And now, what’s going on? Just the biggest sales event of the year…Christmas! It seems that the only thing Christmas is for is extreme consumerism.
I don’t have cable, so I don’t really see all the commercials that most other people do. I’m not inundated with “buy, buy, buy!” constantly. I don’t even listen to the radio since I tend to listen to books when I’m cooking and cleaning, and I listen to CD’s while driving. But even so, I’m also receiving all the advertisements in the mail and inserted in the paper on a daily basis.
You would think that Christmas was all about greed! Seriously, that’s not what the whole idea behind Christmas is about. Before you spend your money on “things” this year, consider what it is that truly makes life special. Spend time with your loved ones. Create new traditions that involve doing things together. That’s what they’ll remember long after the new toys are lying broken on the floor.
Are you ready? Have you been good, or are you on the naughty list? If you are on the naughty list I hope that you at least had fun getting there! Every year, right around this time, I make the exact same resolution. I promise myself I’ll get an earlier start on gift buying and wrapping the presents. And, every year…the same thing happens. I start out already behind. You would think that I’d learn, right?
Well, whatever state you’re in as far as preparation, just try and remember to relax and let the love and joy through. Good luck to all the other unprepared people out there. We’ll recognize each other from the matching panic on our faces!
This is the day that I had originally planned to have all my Christmas shopping done. I have to hang my head in shame. It’s not completely finished yet. However, I am close, and I’ve got what’s been bought so far wrapped. So, it’s not a complete disaster, yet. How are you doing with your preparation?
This time of year can be so stressful, please take some time out and just enjoy your life. Think about what you are grateful for, and what the season is really about. Love. Not what you can buy for someone, just the very fact that you love them. Let’s try to cut the materialism out, and just celebrate each other. My gifts are not going to be expensive this year. I’m giving what’s practical and needed instead. My house is full of “stuff”, and we don’t need any more.
What’s your plan for the holidays? Have you gotten most of it done yet, or are you like me, dragging your feet and feeling overwhelmed? Let me know how you cope with the “stress of the season” in the comments below.
Since I really didn’t do so well on my November goals, I’m kind of stymied about setting goals for December. Maybe they should be just get through the month? December can be such a fraught time of year it would be easy to simply say that making it through the month would be a worthy goal. However, I do want to accomplish more than just that.
So, one goal is that I did join a writing group, so I’ll be needing to make sure that I write for my assignment, so that is a goal. Another goal is that I want to work on beginning to get my business set up, so I’ll be continuing with that, also.
As far as the big holiday, I really want to get my gifts bought and wrapped by December 15th this year. And, my final goal for December is that I want to get my act together so that I can go into 2018 with a fresh new outlook along was some healthy new habits. I’ll let you know more about the specifics as December moves forward.
What are your goals for December? Share them in the comments, and we can encourage each other as the month rolls on.
We all know that today marks the beginning of the Christmas Season. So, along with all the excitement there is way too much worry and stress. The stress of whether or not people will like what you’ve bought, how the decorations will look, when will the cookies be done, etc. etc. Not to mention how much in the hole of debt you may or may not want to go. So, what to do? Just take a breath. Decide what is really important about this time of year. Stop buying things you and others don’t need. The whole season should be about love, and not more “stuff”. Calm down and relax. Try to not get caught up in things that in reality are simply not important.
I don’t know about you, but I seem to simply wear myself out over Christmas. First of all, I worry mightily over the gifts that I’ve bought. Will they be “good” enough? Did I spend fairly? How will they like them? Were they the “right” thing? The list goes on and on. Can I afford all the gifts that I bought?
Not only did I have all the gift worries this year, but I also had the most difficult time making the pie. I always make the pie and the sweet potatoes the day before, since there is all the gift opening, breakfast making and wrapping paper cleaning to do on Christmas, not to mention the three different dinners I had to make this year. My pie crust rolled out exceedingly dry – I had no idea how it would bake. However, that worked out well, and it ended up being quite flaky – which is how we all like it. This of course, just added to my list of worries until we finally ate it last night (in lieu of supper). It turned out fine, of course.
So, on to today, the “day after”. I’m exhausted, emotionally depleted, and in need of a vacation. Is this how you feel? I tell you, thank goodness Christmas is only once a year. I don’t think I’d survive more than one day. I hope that you had a wonderful day with your loved ones. All in all, it’s more than worth the emotional aftermath. Don’t you think so?