The most wonderful time of the year is upon us again!
Are you excited?
Or are you feeling like you wish you could fall asleep and wake up on New Year's Day?
I have to confess...that's not me. I'm known as the Christmas Queen, I Love everything about the holiday.
"GROWING UP MY PARENTS CREATED THE MOST WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS’S. THERE WERE LOTS OF PARTIES AND 20 DIFFERENT KINDS OF COOKIES, HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES, IT WAS MAGICAL. MY FAVORITE PART OF THE WHOLE YEAR WAS CHRISTMAS MORNING. YOU SEE MY PARENTS DIDN’T MIND HOW EARLY WE WOKE UP; IT WAS USUALLY 4:00 OR 5:00 IN THE MORNING AND SOMEHOW THEY WERE ALWAYS AWAKE BEFORE US. I DON T THINK THEY ACTUALLY SLEPT ON CHRISTMAS EVE.
MY BROTHER AND I WOULD WAIT ON THE STAIRS AND I’D LISTEN TO HEAR MY DAD BUILDING THE FIRE AND I'D HEAR THE OCCASIONAL WRESTLE OF A PRESENT BEING PERFECTLY ARRANGED UNDER THE TREE. THEN MY DAD WOULD COME TO THE FOOT OF THE STAIRS AND SAY…” SANTA WAS HERE AND IT LOOKS LIKE YOU’VE BEEN REALLY GOOD AGAIN THIS YEAR!" WE WOULD RUN DOWN THE STAIRS AND INTO THE FAMILY ROOM AND EVERY YEAR THE SIGHT TOOK MY BREATH AWAY. THE FIRE BURNING BRIGHTly, THE STOCKINGS STUFFED,THE TREE SHINING BRIGHTER THAN IT HAD ALL SEASON AND THE GIFTS PERFECTLY PILED UNDER THE TREE. I THOUGHT IT WAS MAGICAL AND I FELT SUCH SURPRISE AND DELIGHT."
Fast forward to now and that feeling of surprise and delight has become the theme for my holiday and most of my life. I love to feel surprise and delight and I want people to feel surprised and delighted after an encounter with me.
So....how do you want to feel this holiday season?
Think back to a favorite holiday memory and allow the feelings to bubble up. I you don't have a holiday memory you want to connect to perhaps you want to create your theme from scratch...just think about how you want to feel.
MERRY, MAGIC,CONNECTED, PEACEFUL, GENEROUS, ABUNDANT, LOVED, VALUED, BRIGHT, EXCITED, ELATED, CALM, COMFORT, SURPRISED, DELIGHTED....
Find two or three and create your own holiday theme.
What do you have to think to feel these feelings?
What activities can you add or subtract to help you feel this way?
You can use your new theme to reduce the stress that often comes with the holidays. When someone makes a request of your time ask yourself if doing it is going to help you feel how you want to feel. If the answer is yes, then do it, if the answer is no, say no, without explanation.
I love the holidays, every last thing about it, because I've taken the time to create a holiday that is perfect for me and you can too.
I'd love to hear what theme you create! Be sure to send me an email or comment on facebook or instagram!
Next week we will look at holiday traditions...How do they measure up to your new theme? We will figure out if each tradition makes the cut! xo