It’s everyone’s favorite time of year; a time of celebration, love, family, sharing, and giving. This special week of Christmas and New Years is possibly one of the most remembered of childhood memories, most cherished in family histories, and most looked forward to, yet there seems to be a consistent paradox that haunts the season.
This great holiday paradox is holiday anxiety.
During what should be the happiest two weeks of the year, too many of us are stressed to the max, anxious about pleasing too many people, and generally unhappy. This is not what the holiday season is supposed to be about. Inevitably, this looming anxiety breeds the Grinch in all of us.
Do not allow your inner Grinch to shine. We all have it in us if we all the stress of the season to overshadow the real reason for the season. Do not have unrealistic expectations for your family time to be perfect or for every Christmas tradition to go flawlessly, for it is in the unexpected quirks of holiday time that we form our most special memories. Embrace the holiday spirit, laugh at your holiday flops, and cherish every mundane moment of this incredible season.