For many of us, Christmas can be a very stressful time of year. The office party and other holiday commitments, finding the right gifts, managing expenses, and spending time with friends and family we don’t normally see. We get caught up in the overwhelming list of what we are obligated to do and often miss the joy and fulfillment those activities can bring.
To keep Christmas happy, start by knowing and being clear about your “Why”. Why are you going to the office holiday party? Is it to spend time with your friends and co-workers or because you feel like you just have to go? Know your “Why” before you go. If you don’t have a good “Why” then don’t go.
Are you rushing around stressed out about getting gifts for everyone, or are you enjoying the adventure of finding a gift you will be excited to see them open. Don’t buy gifts because it is a social requirement, find gifts make you think about the excitement you will get to see on their faces when they open them. Make your “Why” about the reward of giving instead of the guilt of not giving.
Are you worried about spending time with the uncle or cousin who drives you crazy? Is your “Why” all about obligation or is your “Why” about the warmth and fulfillment you will get seeing your parents, siblings, or other energy givers in your family circle?
Remember that Christmas is about Faith, Family, and Friends. It is a time of celebration, joy, and fulfillment. Don’t get lost in your obligations. Focus on your “Why” and keep your Christmas Happy!