If you’re reading this, you either had to go back to work today or you really love blogs (as I do). I, however, am currently in Kentucky hanging out with family. I wrote this on Tuesday, so I’m hoping that by the time this posts my sister doesn’t have us running helter-skelter all of Louisville.
I hope your Thanksgiving was a blast, and as I’m sure that I’m suffering from a turkey hangover, I just wanted to say… SLOW DOWN. Too many of us run around like recently decapitated chickens during this time. The holidays end up being a blur, and we don’t take time to enjoy them.
Many of us will feel extra pressure this year–the economy is in the toilet, the checkbook balance may be lower than usual, but there’s still the pressure to buy stuff for people. Keep it simple this year. Don’t let it stress you out. Chop your shopping list to the bare essentials, and keep gifts for those people simple. Don’t bow to the pressure of family gift exchanges (if your extended family does them). Uncle Bill only needs so many flannel shirts. Just graciously opt out of that part. If someone gets mad, don’t let it get to you. Don’t blow tons of cash on your kids–keep it simple. Running up the credit card balance on the kids only teaches them to be selfish and materialistic anyway, so keep it simple. Besides, they won’t play with 97.4% of the stuff you buy after New Years anyway, and that’s more junk they (well, you) have to clean up. In fact, here’s an idea from an earlier post this week on how to shop for Christmas in a way that will really help someone out.
Take time to enjoy family (which I know, for some of us, may be difficult). If that’s difficult for you, take the initiative to heal rifts and bandage wounds. If it is accepted, you’ve regained a relationship. If not, at least you tried. If you don’t have the time to go to umpteen different family get-togethers, then stay home for some of them. Your family needs to start some traditions of your own anyway.
So slow down and enjoy this time of year. Life is stressful enough the rest of the year not to enjoy the holidays.