We're definitely in the holiday season! Thanksgiving kicked off (no pun intended) celebrations last week. Hanukkah, began at sunset this evening. Three celebrations wrap up the season: Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year's. Though the festivities represent multiple cultures, they all share common traits... a time to be with family members and friends; to share special foods and gifts; to reflect on our past, our present, and our future.
Amidst the hustle and bustle of gift-buying, decorating, and cooking, amidst the challenges of work and/or caring for a loved ones, however, we sometimes wonder if "holiday joy" is possible. Instead of enjoying the holidays, we're sometimes more concerned about getting through them.
If you would really like to enjoy the holidays, try these three strategies. First, consider maintaining routine as much as possible. It's easier to keep track of the ToDo List when we're grounded in the familiar. Second, consider modifying expectations. Sometimes, we really do try to do too much. Need help? Click here to take Michael Plontz's Holiday Stress Assessment. Finally, consider simplifying. Would it be easier to buy similar gifts, like books or music, for everyone on your list? Could your guests contribute to the special meal?
A Signals catalog "Holiday ToDo List" T-shirt sums up holiday activities that bring joy to many: Be present. Wrap your arms around someone. Be the light. May your Holiday ToDo List bring joy as well.