‘Tis the season for merry and bright. ‘Tis the season for trees, tinsel, and toys. ‘Tis the season for carols and cookies. And, if we are not careful, ’tis the season for overwhelm. The challenge is to enjoy all that the season has to offer, without being consumed by it.
At lunch this week with a group of women friends the question was asked, “Who has your tree(s) decorated?” With less than three weeks to go before Christmas, all that needs to be done for the holiday was on most everyone’s mind. Several in the group said they are not putting up a tree. A couple of others said they are only doing so for the grandchildren. A few made no comment. I stated that I am still putting Thanksgiving away and must finish that before starting Christmas decorating!
I have been in a few stores in the past few days. I am amazed at the number of shoppers who seem very much in the Christmas spirit if one can judge by the amount of buying that is in process. But that may not be the Christmas spirit at all, but the Christmas frenzy.
We all know the real meaning of Christmas, and it is very far removed from the commercialization of the holiday. Yet we often find ourselves caught up in the decorating, presents, and activities of the season. We are so busy that we fall into bed exhausted, wondering how we will ever do all that needs to be done. And of course, we can’t get it all done. There is too much.
So, what are we to do? Let’s start by making a commitment to enjoy the season, and to manage the frenzy so we stay calm and loving. What good is all that we do if we end up exhausted and grouchy?
We might need to let go of some of the Christmas decorating, being comfortable with doing less. I love the Williamsburg decoration that I did for many years, but in recent years I have not been able to find the time to put it together. I miss having it adorn our front door, but I would miss the sleep that it would take from me more if I made it a priority! And, we know getting enough sleep helps to keep the stress at bay.
Enjoy the next couple of weeks preparing for your holiday, whatever that involves, including my Jewish friends and others who celebrate different holidays than Christmas.
May all find the true meaning of our celebrations. To do so requires that we slow down and enjoy our time with family and friends, not worrying about what did not get done. Let’s keep love at the forefront of all that we do.
May your days be merry and bright!