If there is one thing the holidays should teach us, it’s to let our worries go. It may only be for a few precious days while we focus on the things that are truly important, but if we can embrace that serene feeling while it is in our presence, perhaps we can carry that feeling within us for an extended period of time and not have it fizzle out with the digestion of all that turkey!
Every year it seems the stress is increased exponentially around the Christmas holidays. The days that we get a reprieve from work are meant to be our “down time”, but the pressure and time constraints of creating our own Hallmark holiday are overwhelming. The influx of family from all parts of the globe, the search and rescue mission for the perfect Christmas gifts and the attempt at giving Martha Stewart a run for her money at the dinner table all compound to make the stress level reach its maximum capacity.
I had the Christmas Carols gently soothing my mood the other day and I took a moment to really listen and absorb the words. ”Have yourself a Merry little Christmas, let your heart be light”. That was an “a-ha” moment as Oprah would say. That simple string of words had such a profound affect on me and I realized that it doesn’t matter if the presents I wrap look like my dog wrapped them. Nobody is going to care if I spend Christmas day in my pajamas and my hair looks like I just removed a toque I’d been wearing for days. The holidays are for just being, not for being perfect.
Take a moment to ask yourself what the holidays really mean to you. Is your definition of Christmas a perfectly wrapped gift? Or is it the precious moments when you share a laugh or a hug? Let your heart be light, and enjoy what the holiday is really meant to represent. If you worry too much about the perfection of the celebration, you’ll miss the beauty of the holiday.