Ho-Ho-Home Is Where The Heart Is

Tis the season and I have been really doing my best to avoid it all. I just am not that excited or inspired about it all right now.

Now that my kids are out on their own and one of them will be leaving for deployment in Afghanistan very soon, as well as that it has been a rather financially and emotionally challenging last year or so, I really don’t feel the motivation to have a lot of festivities, gift buying, running around and stress!!

I actually was brainstorming in my own mind about possible alternatives like:

1- Just don’t do anything (no get together, no gifts or very few) and call family members and friends to tell them happy holidays.

2- Get a bunch of cards and send one to everyone telling them happy holidays, etc. (Possibly include photos.) Or,

3- Get a couple gifts for just some select people and send cards to the rest while staying very low key for the holidays.

Then I started getting a little more ambitious and creative (I still kinda like this one) and thought about having a pajama and pancake party. Where I invite Mami, Cisco, Mr. Sweetie (of course!!), me, Musepa and a couple dear creative and silly friends to join us for a gluten free pancake making party! That sounded pretty good and got me a little more inspired, I started thinking that I would try to make it fun for myself and see if Musepa would be interested in joining me in a sort of “create your own adventure”/”treasure hunt” holiday shopping spree.

My idea was that I would put a very low amount (say $5-10/person) for a budget and give myself about 2 hours to go and get it all done – TODAY!!

This ended up being a great idea! We went to a locally owned unusual-item gift store and looked at all the silly, creative, unusual entertaining options to see what we felt drawn to for each person. We had a blast! We didn’t quite finish it all, but I went from zero to about 50+% being done all in about 1 1/2 hours! Plus had a really fun time with my sweetie!

It really got me thinking about how it often seems that during the holidays many people are stressed out about completing all their shopping, possible travel plans, sometimes over-spending and concern about making everything “just so” that I think they often miss out on all the opportunities to relax more, really connect with their loved ones and honor what the season is really all about – celebrating the birth of Jesus and the lessons he gave. Such things as love, kindness, and compassion.

I for one am really thankful that I had this shift in my thinking and the subsequent creative idea of how to join in the holiday season in a more reasonable time and money fashion AND have fun while doing it!!

I hope this finds you all enjoying the preparation and fun of the holidays all season long not just on one or two days and plants the seed for you to check in with yourself and create ways to make it all come together in the best way for your heart, soul and pocketbook.

Blessings to you and thank you for all the loving parenting you do; it makes a better world, one Sweetie at a time.

Hug attached,

Koolma  : )

 

What secret nuggets of wisdom have you created to have an enjoyable and/or stress-free holiday season?   Do you have life stories to share about how you came up with the nuggets of wisdom?

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