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How to Prevent Holiday Meltdown

2014 December 16


I am not going to lie to you guys.

Between Christmas and Kai’s upcoming birthday and travel plans for New Year’s and a million and one work obligations, my head has been spinning, my credit card is burning a hole in my wallet and my spirit has been a little less merry than anyone would like.

It is amazingly easy this time of year to get lost in the seasonal shuffle, to misplace your priorities, to feel a sense of more, more, more when your body and your brain is pleading for less. And I don’t want to fall into that hole and miss the point of the holiday altogether.

I want to take a moment every day to sit and really look at the Christmas tree and truly appreciate its finite beauty and its scent and its glow.

I want to be more mindful about gift giving and choose things that my loved ones will really enjoy and appreciate, rather than just trying to rush my way through a list (except for the puppy thing, they are going to have to make due without that this year…).

I want to find time to take care of myself. Take my vitamins in the morning, sneak into a yoga class in the afternoon, go to bed early on the nights when I can.

I want to look at all the photos being shared around the world of cultural traditions and stunning winter landscapes and marvel at their inspiration, imagine what those people are celebrating this year.

I want to be particularly grateful this year. With all the unrest happening around the world and here in our own country, how can you not be? How can you not appreciate every single little thing in your life right now?

I want to watch my kids with the awe in their eyes and soak up that sparkle that only comes with this season.

I want to bottle up the silly stress and the useless worries and watch them float away.

And I want you to do the same.

Only a little over one week left before Christmas…how will you spend it?

*image via Pinterest, no credible source found

2 Responses leave one →
  1. Erin permalink
    December 16, 2014

    Great post! My goal is the same. It can be so overwhelming and we are so fortunate.
    So important to stop and enjoy the little moments that are in front of us for a short time.
    Merry Christmas!

  2. liz duncan permalink
    December 17, 2014

    I know, I feel like this season is flying by and it makes me a little sad, so I’m trying to embrace each day left. Thanks for the reminder.

    I’m heading to a good friend’s holiday party (white elephant and all) this weekend and am so excited to be with friends, good food and drink!

    Have a great holiday week/end!!

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