The lights, the scent of peppermint wafting through the air, and the touch of red ribbon everywhere you go, is just a couple of the joyous features of the holidays. While the holiday season is the most joyous time of year, it also can be simultaneously one of the most stressful (and that’s saying a lot in the year 2020). Many of us never get to actually enjoy the holiday season. We put up the Christmas tree in mid-December and hunker down to finish finals and end of year work assignments, all while bustling through the stores trying to find the perfect gift for our loved ones and decent gifts for acquaintances (sorry acquaintances). I miss the magic of Christmas when I was a child. I didn’t have to rush to finish tasks, or buy presents, or anything. Everyone made the season special for me and all I had to do was be present. Isn’t that nice?
Now that I am an adult who is experiencing the joys of adulting (sad face) I want to make an effort to make the holidays special again. Long gone are the days of sitting back and watching as my family takes me to see the Rockefeller tree or create a Christmas themed craft, now it is up to me. I want to be more present for this special time instead of rushing to get things done. I spend so much time doing, doing, doing. It would be nice to just be and not have to do. The holidays is the perfect time for that.
This holiday season I challenge you to experience it the way you did as a child. Make time for yourself by taking a day off to go ice skating, bake cookies, or watch Hallmark Christmas movies until your eyes glaze over. Ask yourself how would I spend this time if i had no responsibilities? Set your inner child free and allow yourself to have fun in the way that you truly would like to. We spend so much time trying to check everything off on our to-do list that we forget to enjoy ourselves. Treat yourself to the gift of joy, your inner child will thank you for it.
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