The Holidays are Coming Stay Positive
Holidays in general breed unrealistic expectations. The minute you start wondering, ‘is it going to be wonderful enough?,’ it never will be. ~ Pepper Schwartz
The holidays are coming, well, in fact, they are already here. I don’t really count Thanksgiving because it is my favorite holiday of the year and to me, because of that it stands on its own. But the season is upon us, whether it is Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Years Eve, Saturnalia, Boxing Day or the Fiesta of our Lady of Guadalupe.
To be honest I don’t like this time of year, for me it’s a mix of a lot of things. Short days, cold nights, bad weather and Christmas. In general I really am not fond of Christmas, as a child I don’t remember many good ones. But you know, in America you are supposed to LOVE Christmas, you’re supposed to want to hear Christmas Carols 24 hours a day, visits to relatives houses, you’re supposed to wear stupid hats and ugly sweaters.
For me, for a lot of years, the holidays were the most depressing time of the year for me. I would spiral, isolate myself and generally just be miserable. The one high point for me has always been giving gifts. I love finding a meaningful gift that shows the people I care about that I know them and know what makes them happy. I especially love doing this for my nieces and nephews. This year there has been a new fun little wrinkle, my sister has enlisted me to help out with her Elf on the Shelf so my niece and nephew got a surprise this morning, their elves had gone west.
So over the next week I’ll be playing along while the elves are on their west coast vacation. A little something for my nieces and nephews and more than just a bit for their Uncle Mike as well, to make all of our holidays a little more fun.
I’ll be starting my annual Holiday Happiness posts this week to try to make everyone’s holidays a little happy and help you have some happy days my friends. ~ Rev Kane
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