Wishing you a truly Happy Christmas, no matter how you choose to celebrate it.
It’s nearly Christmas and this time of year can bring up much joy, anxiety and often sadness. It’s a very busy time of year and it’s hard to avoid the madness and rush as we travel towards the end of the year.
We may feel overwhelmed with our ‘to do’ lists or feel anxious about buying presents or preparing food for the big day. We may have deadlines to meet at work or just dread the thought of being with family that we don’t usually see throughout the year. It’s easy to feel despondent and overburdened.
But what if we took a step back and thought about what Christmas really represents? To me it is a time of joy and sharing. A time to be with those I love, be it family or friends. It’s a time to reflect on the past year and give gratitude for all that we have.
Yes it can be a lonely time for many, or one of sadness when loved ones are no longer present. But if we let go, even a little, of the need to have everything perfect, we can give ourselves the time to really enjoy this special day.
There is a lot of hardship and fear going on in the world and it can be hard to avoid the news. Try instead to focus on what we can do for others to bring peace into the world. Many years ago my grandfather invited a stranger to share a meal with us. A very generous offer indeed.
This is not something many of us may feel comfortable doing, but even a smile at the person queuing behind you, may make someone’s day. Perhaps ‘pay it forward’ and buy a random person a cup of coffee or give to a charity in need. Showing patience to an overworked store assistant can make all the difference.
We can overcomplicate our lives thinking we have to do some grand gesture or buy the perfect present but it’s often the simple things that have the most impact.
Why not give the gift of love and carry peace within your heart without judgment or criticism? Spend this day with those you really care for and appreciate every one of them. Gifts can be simple or even hand made. If you prefer to spend it on your own with perhaps a loving pet, then do that in style. Enjoy a glass of champagne and celebrate all that you are.
Wishing you a truly Happy Christmas however you choose to celebrate it. Create a space of fun, laughter and love and welcome all those who come into your home.
May this holiday period provide a time of rest and peace, a time of joy and kindness and a time of giving to yourself, not only others.
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Disclaimer: Please note that all information in this article is the opinion of the author and obtained through her research and knowledge and the above references. It is not meant to replace medical advice and a medical opinion should always be obtained for any health condition.