How I Fell Back In Love With Christmas (and how you can, too)
For many years of my life I have dreaded the month of December. When I was still working at Apple, before the MacWorld convention in January was cancelled, it was the month of finishing every project, which meant long hours and high stress. I rarely had time to plan ahead for gifts and finding time to make the gifts I wanted to make was impossible. Each year found me shopping last minute and feeling cranky and unsatisfied. Giving that way felt empty.Throughout the month I would find myself eating too much, drinking too much, and never sleeping near enough. I'd feel bloated, cold, slow and exhausted. By the time the Christmas finally arrived I mostly just wanted to sleep. I couldn't muster the energy to be excited about holiday gatherings and often found myself bickering with family I hadn't seen in months over the ways we each felt let down instead of enjoying their company. I missed the people I couldn't be with and didn't enjoy the company of the ones I was with.I hated Christmas. I hated December.And then one year I'd had enough.I scaled back my gift list to my closest family and dearest local friends. I made a list of things I really wanted to give them, some of them made by me, some of them handmade by others, some of them entirely consumable. I declined most of the party invitations I received and spent more time curled up in front of my own fireplace, resting and enjoying my few but carefully chosen decorations. I drew boundaries around my time and energy and I held them. I was still tired on Christmas morning, but it was so much better than the year before that I knew I was on to something.Each year since then has improved and now I can tentatively say I love Christmas again.If any part of this story - the exhaustion, the frustration, the feeling of dissatisfaction - feels familiar to you and you want a change, then I'd like to invite you to join me and my friend Sarah Stewart Holland in our newest adventure this December:
Both Sarah and I have struggled with holidays. In our journeys to learn how to celebrate mindfully, joyfully and simply, we have learned a lot. That's what we want to share with you.
21 Days to a Peaceful Holiday is the gentle encouragement you need to let go of stress, expectations, and traditions that no longer serve you, your family, or the way you wish to feel in the last month of the year. Make room to invite in the holidays on your terms.
Join us for 21 days of emails, 21 tips, practices and suggestions to slow down, clarify your priorities and enjoy your holiday. Registration is open now and class starts on December 1. Won't you join us?Jump on over to the class page for the details and to register.