We have entered the countdown for the Christmas holiday. Shopping for last-minute gifts, coughing up the overnight delivery charges, getting the house ready for guests. The list goes on and on. By the time Christmas gets here, we are exhausted and have no energy left to savor the joys of the holiday.
There is no doubt that the holidays are a stressful time. There is usually too much to do and not enough time in a regular day, so adding holiday expectations into the mix can really throw some people over the edge. For them, the holidays are not a time to celebrate and reflect with family and friends. The holidays become just another series of check-marks on a to-do list.
So for them, and for all of us, here is my Christmas wish. I wish everyone the joy of simply slowing down and savoring the moment. There really aren’t a lot of opportunities where society pretty much stops for a day, so we should take advantage of that when we can. We spend almost every other day of the year racing in high-speed, so hitting the brakes may not be easy, but it is certainly worth it.
Take the time to enjoy the holidays. If you are a Type A personality, this can be difficult since we tend to try to control things and make them perfect. Here is a suggestion that might make things easier. Don’t judge. It takes too much energy. Santa can decide what is naughty or nice–all we have to do is enjoy what is.
We all have ideas of what the perfect Christmas is, but that vision is just that–an idea. Don’t worry if the dinner isn’t perfect, or the gifts aren’t wrapped like a Martha Stewart holiday ad. Trying to live up to self-imposed ideals creates unnecessary stress and robs us of the joy of simply sharing the moment with others.
If we let go of the way things should be, we may find that the way things really are is better than we could have imagined. It’s not always an easy thing to do, but is worth the effort.
So give it a try. Slow down and live in the moment. We can all rev up to speed again on the 26th.
But if we slow down, we may just find that the moments we are actually present for become the memories we cherish the most.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to All.