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A little perspective...before the Holiday madness

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

I posted a video blog about this today ... but I wanted to also write it out for my other blog because I think it's that important.

The Holidays are beautiful

The Holidays are peaceful

The Holidays are special times with family and friends

At least ... that's what we tell ourselves every year. But, what ends up happening?

Our Holiday ends up looking more like this:

There are literally hundreds of websites dedicated to helping people with what the medical community has labeled "Holiday Blues". Not only do people suffer from depression during the holidays but about 25% of us will suffer from "post-holiday let-down" in January. This all comes to a head because of the demands that others place on us and that we place on ourselves during the holiday season.

Just think of it..

You have how many presents to buy?
How much is that going to run up your credit cards?
How many parties must you attend?
And you have to have a present for each of those - for a random person that you don't even know?
Where are all of those holiday decorations? OH...all the way in the BACK of the attic.

Are you already starting to feel stressed?

You aren't alone.

"Gee - thanks for the uplifting blog, Adrienne"

Well...i'm getting there.

What am I going to do differently this year - to make my Holidays more enjoyable?

I'm deciding now that I will enjoy my Holidays. I will do less of the things that stress me out - and I will do more of what makes me happy.

What does that mean?

emoticon I may have to say no to a few parties.

emoticon I may have to buy gift cards instead of actual gifts (people like those better anyway)

emoticon I may have to purchase gift bags instead of wrapping crap.

emoticon I may have to stay home and watch "How the Grinch stole Christmas" - at least 3 times with a cup of hot cocoa ... LOADS of marshmallows.

emoticon I may have to enjoy the company of those around me - the dishes can wait.

emoticon I may have to sing Christmas carols - out loud.

emoticon I may take a few days to put up my decorations instead of trying to get them all up in 2 hours.

emoticon I may turn off the TV and just stare out the window as snow falls to the ground at night.

emoticon I may have to buy a pie from the store instead of making one from scratch ... I mean, I'm not a grandma yet.

So, what will you do to make your Holidays more enjoyable? What can you say no to? What will you say yes to? I think now is a great time to decide.

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    I hope you spend lots of time singing, staring out at snowfall and putting off dishes to enjoy your friends and loved ones.
    2392 days ago
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    Sing it out loud sister! What a great message. I'm going to start doing the same.
    2392 days ago
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    Sing it out loud sister! What a great message. I'm going to start doing the same.
    2392 days ago
    I will have to take several days to put up the Christmas things, not just a few hours on a day!

    I already have to say no to some invitations...I will lose my mind, otherwise.

    I will only be making a few holiday treats as opposed to a lot.
    Saves, time, money and pounds gained.

    I will enjoy each person, regardless of any "strange quirks" they may have. If everyone were the same, it would not be nearly as interesting.

    The holidays will be wonderful, even it is not how I envision them in my mind.

    I will spend many quiet moments, alone, with the lights, snow, old movies, or the cats, with my cup of hot cocoa, coffee, tea or spiced cider.

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    2393 days ago
    Tell it sister!! emoticon emoticon
    2398 days ago
    emoticon Love it.
    2399 days ago
    Beautiful blog A. And a wonderful view of it.

    I am so "anti" Christmas because it gets so out of control. But as you say, it's because WE (me) let it.

    So this year I will borrow a page from your book (if you don't mind) and I will say no a little more; yes to the things that matter and above all, remember the reason for the season.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Adrienne and know that YOU are one of the people I put on my list to be thankful for!

    2399 days ago
    I have been thinking a lot about this recently, too! The holidays are made too stressful with all the things that no one really appreciates in the end. I took matters into my own hands starting last holiday season! I tried to scale back shopping, going with "safe buys" rather than searching for days for the "perfect gift." It worked well and I was much happier and relaxed on Dec 25th!

    This year, most of the shopping is already done, much of it online so I don't have to fret! I can bake, spend time with my family, listen to Christmas tunes, and just enjoy the season! I decline going to most Christmas parties and try to plan mine for obscure times of the year...I mean, what's wrong with getting together in March when there's nothing else going on!
    he biggest thing I learned last year was to stick to my plan! I refused to let anyone guilt me into any event/party/shopping trip that I didn't want to attend! Yes they got mad but in the end they probably didn't remember that I wasn't there, while I was home making memories with my family!
    2399 days ago
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