I am sure you have heard people complain about all they have to do to get ready for the holidays. They have to buy presents, put up the tree, send Christmas cards and invite or spend part of the time with family they would rather not see. But, what if I told you that your experience of the holiday season is always your choice.
Try thinking about all you do to get ready for the holiday season. Now, look at all those things and decide how much you do because you want to and how much you do because you think you have to. Let’s start with sending Christmas cards, who decides this is important and it has to be done, you do. Next up, putting up the tree, you decide it is important and you put it up. Now take these same chores and examine if you actually receive some joy from completing these tasks. If the answer is yes, then you should do them. If the answer is no, you need to examine why you continue to do them.
The holiday season is truly about feeling and spreading joy and kindness. It is about spending time with people you love and also about extending a hand to people less fortunate than yourself. That is where the real joy exists.
I choose to decorate my house, put up my tree, cook delicious traditional meals. I don’t do it because it is expected of me, but because it truly gives me great joy to see how appreciated it is by the people I love and who are important in my life. If I decided not to put up a tree or send Christmas cards, I would not be any less loved and our holiday would still be special and be what we want it to be.
Just relax and enjoy what you have, not what you think you need to be. Enjoy the wonder and giving of the season. That is what I wish for anyone reading this blog.