Wednesday, December 25, 2013

It's Christmas Time

It's Christmas time. A holiday that has the distinction of being both a religious festival and a secular one.   For many people, it is about celebrating the birth of Jesus. For many, it is about seeing family and friends.  For others, it is a stressful time full of demands and loneliness.   I hope for you, whomever you are, it is a time of peace and relaxation.   I wish you a Merry Christmas. A children laughing, people singing, families hugging Christmas.

If Christmas this year is not all you are hoping, do not despair.  Try to find something good about the day.  Focus on feeling happy and relaxed; on enjoying what you can.  Try to ignore if your mother complains about the meal or if your uncle gets drunk again.   Give yourself permission to walk away for a minute and take a deep breath if you need to keep your cool. Do your best to just silently roll your eyes and let it all roll right off your back.  Mentally shake it off like a dog shaking off water.

Feel free to sit down and have a hot drink (or a cool one) and spend time with family and friends and let the dishes sit until later.  You don't have to spend all of your time in the kitchen (but if your family is driving you crazy, feel free to escape to there).  

If you have no one to buy you a present, buy yourself one. If money is tight, make one or give yourself the gift of a few quiet hours by yourself. You deserve to be happy and peaceful.

Merry Christmas and Blessings on you in the coming year.  

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