I love the Holiday season. I love everything about it. I know it can be a lot of hustle and bustle but I’ve always felt it’s worth it. Of course not everyone celebrates Christmas but it still seems there is a week or so that everything feels festive and at least a couple days where the world shutters down.  I love that time, connecting with friends and family, revving down, feeling grateful.

I have to admit this year I am feeling stressed and overwhelmed. Maybe it’s my lingering recovery. Maybe it’s the awareness that things are not good for so many in the world. I long for simplicity.

I have conceived 17 random thoughts to help maintain my sanity and bring ever needed perspective during the Holiday season. I share them with you in no specific order.

  1. We have everything we need and what we have is enough.
  2. Love is an action.
  3. No one remembers what we wore to the Holiday party last year. Wear the same thing again with different accessories.
  4. Taking 10 minutes to rest with your eyes covered is always a good idea.
  5. Spend more time.
  6. Our children don’t need any more toys or electronics.
  7. Good times are created by good company. Buy the cheap wine.
  8. The city is full of lights and sights. Go for a walk.
  9. No one cares that you serve organic cranberry sauce or artisanal mustard.
  10.  Spend less money.
  11. Everyone remembers acts of kindness, no matter how small.
  12. Wishing a store clerk a genuine thank you and a good day improves the entire transaction.
  13. Every street person you see would love a new pair of socks.
  14. Our kids are young for such a short number of years.
  15. Acknowledge privilege.
  16. Consider how fortunate and fleeting good health can be.
  17. Believe in magic.

Wishing you and your loved ones health, happiness and peace.