How are we just days before Christmas already? I feel like I am not ready. I don’t normally get this anxious when it comes to the Holidays. I don’t know why this year is so different. But if you are finding yourself a little (or a lot) overwhelmed, I wanted to encourage you today.
- Focus on being present instead of buying presents.
I have seen this so many times. I have been guilty of this as well. I feel obligated to purchase everyone I know and care about a gift. I feel guilty if I don’t buy a gift for everyone that bought me a gift. I don’t feel like I ever have enough to give, and I fear that my gifts will not be an accurate depiction of how I feel about the person said gift was intended for. Being a part of a blended family brings a whole different factor into the equation. Sometimes I find myself stressing to make sure that my stepson has an amazing holiday. But the physical gifts play such a small role in Christmas. Once I sat back and started to think about all the things I love about Christmas, very few actually had to do with the physical gifts. I love my family gathering around and playing games or watching our favorite Christmas movies. I love Christmas dinner (and breakfast/brunch/snack/basically anything that has to do with food) and just being around those I love most. If you are feeling overwhelmed, focus on making memories. Not only will they last a life time, they are more precious than any of the latest “must-have” items.
2. Pay it forward.
Volunteer at a food bank, sponsor a family less fortunate than your own. Buy the person behind you coffee. Leave an inspiring message tapped to the gas pump when you leave it. It doesn’t have to be anything big. Trust me, these litter gestures go a long way. They are so thoughtful and let’s be honest, who doesn’t like little surprises like this?
3. Shop LOCAL. This is one of my biggest pieces of advice. I too am all to guilty of the infamous 2-day shipping with Prime, mostly because of its convenience, and I have fallen victim to the bullseye at Target too many times to count; but I urge you to try and shop local if you can. It is the best gift you can give to an entrepreneur. Their livelihood and their existence is contingent on whether folks shop with them. So if you are like me and you love bath bombs, find someone in your community that makes some. Saw a really cute sweatshirt at a department store for someone on your list? Find a local screen printer and see if they can’t recreate it for you.
4. Indulge in some self care. It is no secret that the holidays are overwhelming. It is a whirlwind of events and in a blink of an eye, it is over. Take some extra moments for yourself this week. Even if it just to take a walk or a hot shower. Slow down enough to be able to take it all in. It will be 2018 before you know it.
I want to take this time to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. May you be blessed in the upcoming days and know that you are loved. Enjoy the time that you have with your families and God bless our Troops who are protecting our freedom and can’t be home to enjoy this time with their families. Love and light to you all.