Every year I wonder at the logic of the holidays. We want to get together with family and friends. We want to spend lots of money on presents. And we want to decorate every corner of our house. Then we wonder why weâ€™re stressed.
Donâ€™t get me wrong. I like the holidays and enjoy spending time with friends, but why do I have to do all the other stuff? Canâ€™t I just get together with friends because I havenâ€™t seen them in a while? Canâ€™t I leave the holiday stuff in the storage boxes and just clean the house? Since this is a task I really donâ€™t enjoy in the first place, yeah, itâ€™s a real achievement in itself. Why must I do all this stuff every year?
Guess what? I donâ€™t.
My kids are old enough to put up the tree by themselves. As it turns out, when they have to do the work themselves, they suddenly donâ€™t need a tree! The poinsettia I bought last week is enough!
The gifts have gotten easier too. Nowadays, I visit the grocery store and buy gift cards for everyone. Let them buy their own presents after the holidays when everythingâ€™s on sale. We both come out better in the long run.
Now, that you know that Iâ€™m a total washout in the holiday department, let me just say. Remember that the holidays are all about friends and family. Forget the stress. Forget the worry. Enjoy the holidays for what they can be — a time to reflect on how lucky we are to have the special people in our lives that make every day worth living.