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A Simpler Holiday Season

I’ve talked about simplifying the holiday season a few times, but this year feels different in a lot of ways.

Last year I had a major surgery right before Thanksgiving and didn’t feel like doing much of anything for the rest of the year. So I didn’t. 

This year we’ll be back to small gatherings, but I’m holding on to my desire for a simple holiday season. You may be excited to see people again, but going overboard will only stress you out and cause regret that you missed the true meaning of the season.

This year I’m reminding myself to …

Take time for myself

Yes it’s nice to see everyone again, but I know if I plan out every minute of my days off I’ll be exhausted and in a not very pleasant mood.  I have to have time to myself to regroup and recharge. 

Reflect on this year and plan for next year

I was in recovery mode most of this year and I have to remind myself of that.  I had a whole list of things I wanted to get done including creating courses, writing books, posting more on this site, etc.  Those things are still in my heart and mind, which gives me an automatic list of goals for the new year. 

I’m looking back on the past year and using the things I’ve learned to make the things I’ll create in the new year even better.

Wonder at some whimsy

I try to remember that infamous Ferris Bueller line about missing out on life.  It’s true.  We need to look around more often.  I know I’m going to spend some time during the holidays gazing in wonder.  I’m going to make the effort to …

drink hot chocolate (did you know hot chocolate flights are a thing now?)

walk (or drive) around my neighborhood looking at Christmas lights

sit in my living room looking at my vintage decorations

go to Christmas parades

Give the gift of time

I don’t need more stuff and the people I love probably don’t either.  Instead of spending money on things, I can spend time and energy helping them.

To give the gift of time I could …

take a friend to the movies and out for dinner

help a neighbor clean up their yard

go for a walk with my husband

play games with my family

I’m reminding myself this year that time is precious … more precious than stuff.

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