As much as I enjoy the spirit of the season I often find myself feeling like I am on a fast moving carnival ride and everything is happening at warp speed (especially from November to January). Don’t get me wrong I still love this time of year; the parties, the shopping, the baking, the cards, the friends & family, etc. I just wish it didn’t come and go so quickly.
Maybe technology is to blame? Maybe it is the stores starting their sales earlier and earlier every year? Or maybe it is that as I get older time seems to go by faster? I really don’t have the answer on why before we know it, it will be 2012. What I do know is that my wish is for everyone to stop and savor the moment and to enjoy every moment because that is the gift of the holiday season.
My personal tips?
- Spend a Saturday (or Sunday) in your pajamas – watch a favorite movie or read a good book.
- Take pictures to capture the special moments.
- Go for a leisurely walk, take cleansing breaths and enjoy the scenery.
- If you have presents to buy – don’t put it off till the last minute. Your frame of mind will appreciate it.
- Do you have a charitable organization you really believe in? Make a donation, writing out that check will make you feel great.
- Make new traditions and enjoy old ones the best you can. Schedules can be demanding and we can’t be everywhere we would like to be during the holidays, but do what you can and what makes sense. Don’t panic about the stuff you aren’t able to do – it’s okay!
The holidays aren’t about how many presents you buy, how many cookies you bake, or how many parties you attend. No matter what holiday you are celebrating, Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa – you really need to think about what the holiday season means to you and your family. You have to really decide what your priorities are, what is most important and what it is you are really celebrating.
So as we immerse ourselves in this season of giving, let’s not forget to celebrate. Let’s sing, let’s decorate, let’s visit our friends and family, let’s spend time together and most importantly let’s remind ourselves that life is worth living, that we care about one another and lastly let’s take a moment to remember why.
Written By: Jessica S. Richardson-Isenegger