Every year stores start decorating and advertising for Christmas earlier and earlier. This year it started well before Thanksgiving!!! And the stores and malls were scheduled to open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, forcing employees to leave their families and come into work! The over commercialization of this holiday was really getting to me … or rather I was letting it get to me. My choice.
So, instead of joining the holiday frenzy, I decided to alter my way of thinking about it. Let the stores operate however they wanted… I chose to focus on the true meaning of Christmas — joy, peace and love. This year I decided to make it count.
Instead of shopping at the last minute and getting frazzled, I started shopping in small increments, whenever I had 10 minutes after doing something else. The result was that it didn’t become overwhelming. I had the time to find things that were actually meaningful for the people in my life … and it was all done in advance, I actually had fun doing it and I was relaxed! Instead of wrapping all the gifts at the same time, I did them in small bunches. It was much easier and more enjoyable. And when it was time to write Christmas cards — which I hadn’t done in a few years — I put some great music on and sat next to my family on a snowy Sunday afternoon to do it. I was surprised to have finished it, enjoyably, and it was a breeze.
What changed? Just my way of being! I made it be about love of family and friends, and I had joy expressed fully. I focused on my values, and I feel happy and empowered now. I am sharing the holiday spirit instead of rebelling against over-marketing. We have a lovely little tree full of lights that makes us feel happy every day when we come home and it’s cold and dark outside. I feel grateful and aware. And I don’t even mind so much the 1,000 Christmas songs playing non-stop on the radio … not quite … well, that will be for me to tackle next holiday season … ;-)
Wishing you a wonderful, warm, loving and peaceful holiday season! Make it count …share your love, experience gratefulness, joy and the magic of the season!
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