As difficult as it may be to acknowledge, we are in the home stretch to the winter holidays. Whether you celebrate Christmas (Dec. 25), Chanukah (Dec. 20-28), Kwanzaa (Dec. 26 – Jan. 1), Winter Solstice (Dec. 22), Festivus (Dec. 23), or all of the above, they are upon us! I mean, come on, look at those dates. We’re down to single digits in most cases!
I know it can become so easy during this time of year to get caught up in all of the activities, parties, shopping, etc. Rather than actually enjoying the holidays, many people just totally stress out. It stresses some people out so much that they would almost just as soon skip straight to January 2 and pass the holidays over completely.
Regardless of what holiday one celebrates, they pretty much all come down to one unifying theme. The holidays are a time to spend with our families, friends, and those we love and cherish. It’s not about the gifts, the decorations, or even the food. It’s about the people.
Personally, I don’t really have much of a relationship with my family (long story), but I’ve been blessed beyond measure with an abundance of wonderful friends. While we usually don’t get to spend the actual holiday together in person, we make time for phone calls, Skype sessions, etc. to spend some time chatting. These are the moments I remember far more than any gifts we’ve exchanged over the years.
So, rather than focusing on coming up with a healthy eating and exercise plan over the holidays (both of which are important, by the way!), this post is about taking time for what really matters. It’s not about getting the perfect doll for Susie or the perfect video game for Bobby, it’s about making memories with your friends and family. My challenge to each of you is to take at least one morning, afternoon, evening, whatever works best for you, and put all of the holiday preparations and shopping on hold. Instead, spend time making a memory with your kids, partner/spouse, family, friends, etc. Be in the moment. Be in the spirit of the holiday. Take time to just … be.
I wish each and every one of you a joyous and healthy holiday season.
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