One Holiday Request from Me

Yesterday, we woke up to this.  I couldn’t have been happier! Seeing the snow reminded me that the holidays are right around the corner.  Unfortunately, the holidays have become synonymous with “busy, bustling, crazy people who will elbow you in the face if you even try to take the very last [insert popular toy here].”

I refuse to let that be me (on either end of the face-elbow).  Having a slow, meaningful holiday won’t just happen; sometimes we have to force ourselves to slow down and purposefully put meaning back in to our holiday traditions.  Closer to Christmas, I will write a post on our holiday traditions and why we do them.  For now, at the very beginning of the holiday season, I only wish to ask you to do one thing:

Give yourself a day of rest.

Once a week, choose a day to relax and recharge.  Many people choose Sunday, but it can be any day of the week.  The rules are simple: do only things that make you happy and help you relax. 

That’s honestly it.  This is the day when you don’t have to do the dishes; you don’t have to write e-mails; you don’t even have to get dressed if you don’t want to.  After removing all of those don’t-want-tos, add a few things you want to do: take a nap; read a book; drink hot cocoa; snuggle with your favorite snugly person.  You can do more productive things, but only if it helps you relax.  If knitting makes you more crazy than relaxed, put it down, but if it puts you in a happy place, knit away.

Don’t think of it as a day when you don’t do anything.  Instead, think of it as the day when you pay attention to all the things you ignore the rest of the week.  Taking the time to address those things will make you happier, and more ready to tackle the rest of your busy schedule.

Wishing you all a happy (and relaxing) beginning to your holiday season!

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