It’s Christmas! Why Stress?
I have always loved Christmas.
I have always loved everything about Christmas. Even with all of the commercialism, I still feel that there is a certain magic in the air during this time of year. I love the endless amount of Christmas music that can be heard from virtually any retail establishment or restaurant, and I adore the constant twinkling of lights and decor that beckons when one steps outside their front door.
I’ve heard people say that Christmas is all about commercialism now, or that it is only for the kids. I have to disagree with both of these statements.
Waiting for Santa
While Christmas is a magical time for children who wait up anxiously hoping to hear the sound of reindeer on the rooftop, it doesn’t mean that the magic dies if and when you find out that your parents had a hand in setting out the “Santa” toys. Okay, I confess. There is still a part of me that has that twinge of hope that Santa will stop my house every Christmas Eve. Yeah, don’t judge me. At least I’m honest. 😉 It’s that magical time on Christmas Eve night, when everything is strangely serene and quiet. I walk outside, breathe in the cold, December air and remember the magic.
Don’t sweat it!
Commercialism definitely exists, but it is how we choose to handle it that makes all the difference. I decided several years ago that I wasn’t going to stress about Christmas because I wanted to enjoy the holiday with my children. If that means that friends and relatives in different states don’t get cards or gifts until after Christmas, then so be it. My sanity is more important than stressing about the postal service delivering or not delivering items on time. If I have the time and the funds to send something, I send it. If I have time to bake dozens of cookies for a party one year, then I will. If not, I assure you that this will not be the cause of the apocalypse.
A few quick tips
If you find yourself getting stressed due to the crowds, or because you haven’t yet mailed that gift, stop and take a deep breath. It will be okay. Most likely your relative will forgive you for getting the gift to them a bit late. If not, isn’t that their problem, and not yours? I mean come on. Unless it is much-needed oxygen or medication, I’m sure they can live without that sweater for a few more days.
If you choose to drive yourself crazy and HAVE to get everything done because that is how you operate, that is fine too. However, instead of getting frustrated, try to make a game of it and relish in the reason you’re doing it in the first place. ENJOY the Christmas decor and music, and laugh at how crazy the crowds are. Believe me, that can be fun!
Most importantly, remember to enjoy this time with family and friends.
Have a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, or Happy Holiday however you celebrate!