What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store.
What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”
-How the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr. Seuss.
…one of the best lines from my favorite Christmas special.
We all have the tendency to go a little overboard this time of year. But what if we didn’t? What is we chose to take the focus off the presents and the shopping chaos, and instead, focused on the things that really matter to us. What does this time of year mean to you? What makes it special? Is it the religious significance? Is it seeing family that you rarely see? Is it spending quality time with your close friends and family? Is it spending alone time with a book, curled up in front of a Christmas tree or a fireplace?
Now, I am not suggesting that you have to completely forgo gift giving…that could create a family riot! Simply take the focus off it. Maybe pare down the number of people you buy for, the number of gifts you give each person, or the amount you spend. Consider giving the gift of quality time by giving tickets to an event and planning a date instead of a material item. Do whatever you desire to minimize the gift stress…but more importantly, just don’t focus on it.
Make a list of all the things you love about this time of year and focus on those. If you love hot chocolate by the fireplace, listening to Christmas music…then make sure that is on your “to do” list…prioritized way above shopping for the perfect gift for Aunt Mary.
Our lives really are what we make of them…what we focus on. If you want a happy, relaxed holiday; then focus on what makes you feel happy and relaxed. Really, it is that simple.
Relax with a nice spicy cup of Chai…listen to some seasonal music and enjoy your holiday!
Tracy Martorana is a Nutrition & Wellness Consultant, Meditation Instructor and Herbalist...hoping to inspire you to live your life from a place of Holistic Wellness.