Finding True Joy This Holiday Season

It's that time of year!  Family, friends, good food, presents, trees, singing...Only at times it feels a bit stressful and out of control.  Letting go of perfection and embracing simplicity might be your best bet! This holiday season, FIND YOUR JOY!   

Last year Florian and I did the whole thing.  We stressed about getting each other a load of gifts, making sure everyone else had the gifts they wanted.  Our decorations were perfect.  We made a huge menu for dinner.  However, the day of  left us feeling a little empty.  It's difficult to explain, but I somehow think a lot you know exactly what I'm talking about.  We said this year would be different.  We wouldn't put the tree up by a certain time, just when we felt it was right.  We would only pick a simple main course and one dessert.  As for the gifts, we put a limit on each other and are not going to go broke buying for others.  We haven't really even told people anything we want, and already it feels loads better! 

Don't put that pressure on yourselves! You will have just as good, if not a better time.  The holidays can be sad and stressful for some.  Grasp on to the tiny bits of joy that are there.  The people who are right in front of you.  The little things to be grateful for.  It's absurd we are expected to go broke for a holiday that's supposed to bring joy. 

Be mindful of how much you eat and drink too.  Yes, it's a celebration, but no one ever feels good with that much food and alcohol. Tradition and manners be damned, if you feel the need to stand up from the table and walk away, do it.  Don't let anyone pressure you into eating or drinking more than you want or need.  Go read a book or take a nap.  Whatever you need to do.

If you need to buy packaged or pre-made food in order to relax, so be it.  If you want to sit around on your holiday of choice and watch Friends reruns, so be it.  You've earned this my friend!  Be happy with friends and family in your own way.  Life isn't a Target / Waitrose / Carrefour commercial. 

That bieng said...How will you be spending the holidays? 



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