Christmas holidays are here! Can you believe that there are only 5 days left until the Christmas Eve? I can’t… It’s my favourite time of the year and I can’t wrap my head around the thought that so soon we will reach the end of the year and a whole new book of 365 days is waiting to be written. How to have stress free, the best Christmas Holidays yet? I took a moment this morning to stop and think about it.
Yes, we are all just humans and we do “love” to stress about everything and anything. I guess that life would be boring without any stress and also stress can sometimes be the best motivator ever (hello deadlines) but I somehow don’t want to always connect Christmas holidays to images of stress and running around the city chasing all the possible Christmas stands, happenings for children, presents, 101 million things long “to-do” list before 24th, etc.
I truly want to be able to just relax, put aside craziness that inevitably comes at this time of the year and escape the Christmas holidays “mania” by reminding myself (and my closest people) that it’s not the doomsday, there is life after the holidays and not everything needs to be done, eaten, bought or experienced inside the month of December. I believe that this is also one of the reasons why so many people feel “empty” throughout the whole January, even February.
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It would be nice to remember to see Christmas holidays in a different way… To see them as a beautiful time of the year to reflect on everything we already have in our lives, from materialistic things to family and friends. To remember to be happy and thankful for just every little thing because all of those things which we have or people whom we’re surrounded by are our blessings and that somebody maybe has much less than what we do but they’re happy with that little too.
Everything that’s been given to us and all of the people who are part of our daily lives are often taken for granted until they’re not “there”. Usually when something is not there, that’s when we remember how our lives were before we had those things or people. Happiness is in small things truly… I’ve always been more into giving than into receiving, so before you go run around like crazy thinking that presents or food is what makes Christmas – Christmas… Think again… It’s how big our hearts are and how much love we’ve given to those who matter the most.
Many people will be lonely, discomfortable or sad on Christmas. Some people might not even get any presents, cards or maybe won’t have any meal either, so if you know of somebody like that, make it your Christmas “mission” to do a small act of kindness by remembering them and offering them something in form of “things” (Christmas cookies, some extra food from your Christmas lunch, etc.) and comforting words with a long loving hug.