December is a busy month full of various celebrations depending on religion, culture and tradition. Gatherings of friends and family, surrounded by food and drink are just part of the fun. Decorating, shopping and endless errands are part of it all as well. How do we keep up with all the activities and still stay centered in the joy of the season?
Decide what you want this holiday to be like. Set the intention and hold that focus. There will be many opportunities to stray from your intention, trust me!! One way is to accept that not everything is perfect. Slow down and enjoy the moment. Those imperfections will give us some good stories in the future and many good laughs. Let me tell you about the holiday that we had a houseful of family and…… I’ll save that for another time!
Stay within your budget this holiday. Nothing is a holiday downer like spending money and thinking about the post-holiday debt at the same time. A gift doesn’t have to be extravagant because it’s the meaning of the gift and not the gift. Think about it. What were some of the most memorable gifts you have received in the past? The cards or ornaments made by children? The special holiday foods made with love? The most cherished gifts are the ones given with love and not about the amount spent to purchase them.
Holidays somehow bring out a change in behavior. I know you have someone around you that seems to make this major attitude shift with the holidays. Most of the time there is an underlying hurt that causes the acting out. Their behavior can be painful for you as well as for them. Many times it’s the people closest to us creating the drama. Forgiveness goes a long, long way. We can’t change anyone, but we can change how we react to the behavior. Forgive, even give a hug, and move on.
It’s a season of love, lights, gifts, delicious aromas, and stress. So BREATHE! Breathe and center yourself as you walk into that crowded store, party or family gathering. Breathe when that one person begins to push your buttons. Breathe when you get ready to spend a lot of money on a gift because you’re “supposed to”. Just breathe, honor yourself and those around you and be true to the meaning of the season…LOVE, PEACE and JOY.
And spread some of that Love, Peace and Joy around. You’ll be surprised at the return!!!!
Sending you Peace and Love and may all you holiday dreams, wishes and desires come true!!!
Helping you find the ACE in the Deck of Life: Awareness, Choice, Empowerment