We all know that the holidays are about togetherness and gratitude, and yet it is so easy to end up getting trapped in the do-more mentality, and the whirlwind of shopping, preparation and unrealistic expectations.
Malls are packed with shoppers trying to fill their quota of gifts, stress mounts over pulling off the perfect dinner, cocktail party or vacation, and our to-do lists seem to be longer than at any other time of the year.
This Year I want a sense of peace, connection and presence during the holidays. I want to feel the snowflakes on my cheeks on an after dinner walk. I want to slowly sip a cup of coffee spiked with baileys while watching White Christmas, and really notice the beautiful lights that cover our charming little neighborhood. I want evenings filled with long, slow dinners, and days spent building snowmen and warming up with hot chocolate.
I want an intentional holiday season, with less stuff and more meaning.
Here are a few of the things I will be doing this year to bring more meaning and joy to my holidays.
- Focus on fewer gifts, that have more meaning.
- Write down everything I want to make, get done, or bake before the holidays. Then go back and cut it in half.
- Only commit to events that bring me joy.
- Pre plan dinners with friends and order in or keep the recipes simple and easy to prepare ahead of time.
- Meditate every day.
- Nourish myself with lovingly prepared, healthy and comforting food.
- Schedule in large chunks of free time weekly to be spent watching my favourite movies, leisurely trips to the farmers market and building snowmen.
- Be fully present in the moment and notice my sons joy when we trim the tree, go skating and make our lists for santa.
- Call friends and family to really catch up instead of sending cards.
- Schedule one night to go to my favourite coffee shop alone, sit with a peppermint mocha and set my intentions for the upcoming season. Make a list of all the things I truly want more of, and what I need to do to make it happen.
- Focus on all I already have to be grateful for and find ways I can contribute to others.
The holidays can be an amazing time to take care of yourself, spend time with your family and be fully present with those you love.
So grab a cup of cider, your favourite movie and your coziest blanket. It’s time to rest, renew and really enjoy the comforts of the season.