Tis the Season…
Each year before the holiday season arrives, I tell myself to just relax and enjoy it. I remind myself not to get stressed or frustrated. 2014 was no different; I gave myself the same pep talk and dove into the holidays, hoping for the best.
In all honesty, most years, I fail miserably at that at the “relax and enjoy” part! I know it is because I feel like I don’t do all that I should during this busy time of year. I get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the events around me, and only seem to see what is missing.
I cannot help but wonder why there is such a push to commercialize Christmas. I am probably one of the few women who does not enjoy shopping! Most people love to go out and look around, thinking of creative gifts that will be well received and loved by the recipient. I am not that way. I am so indecisive! I second guess myself to the point of just deciding to walk out of the store with nothing instead of picking something that I'm afraid the person will not like. This year, however, I chose items for my family that I felt would be meaningful to them. Happily I can say they seemed pleased with their gifts!
The events of one day or a certain gift should not have to represent how much I love and care about my family and friends. I live my life trying my best to show how much I appreciate and value them every day through offering my help, prayers, encouraging words, and meaningful conversation. I want that to be enough.
Thankfully, another holiday is behind me. Now that Christmas is over, I am delighted to say that I was able to soak up the time with my family and find joy in the simple things this year! I was focused on my blessings, such as my relationships with God, family and friends, rather than being unsettled and placing unnecessary pressure on myself.
In 2014 I had so many reasons to celebrate, and finally did so, knowing that I placed the correct emphasis on what the holidays should really be about – quality time with those we hold closest in our hearts.
With the New Year approaching, it is a great time to reflect on your life in preparation for what is to come. I hope that 2015 is a year full of blessings, new opportunities, and a special time for you to think about all that holds the most meaning for you. Happy New Year and I hope you enjoy, and learn from, each experience you encounter!