Enjoy the Holiday Season

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I find this time of year rather confusing. We are supposed to be full of cheer and goodwill, yet many people find themselves stressed—about money, shopping, entertaining, and having enough time to do it all!

The commercialization of Christmas has gone off the charts, especially with “Black Friday” making its way to Canada.

Have we forgotten the whole point?

Sure, many people go Church at Christmas to remind them about why we have this tradition and holiday in the first place, but how many actually live it? So what is it all about in the first place? Is it about shopping till you drop? Is it about who has the nicest decorations and lights on their homes? Is it about parties and eating and drinking to excess? Is it about running around like chickens with our heads cut off, snapping at our children and spouses? Something tells me this isn’t it.

We all know in our hearts what it is about, but we get caught up in what the advertisers and retailers want us to believe it’s all about. I’m not suggesting that you stop giving gifts, not at all. However, giving gifts is meant to be a joyful experience for both the giver and the receiver. Giving from obligation and duty is only going to cause stress and resentment. If you are not coming from a place of the heart during this Christmas season, ask yourself what is missing?

Maybe the demands on your time are just too high, and you need help. Maybe you are trying to do too much and need to let go of some things. Maybe you need to step back and reevaluate, to ask what is truly important during the Christmas Holiday season. Health and happiness cannot be found in a place of stress, anxiety and resentment; they only come from a place of peace, joy and love. Maybe that’s what is missing… and all the rest is just a way to fill the void. Wishing you a very peaceful, joyful and loving Christmas.

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