It’s too easy to wake up tired during the holiday season. The pressure of finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list. The crowds and the noise. The unpredictable weather and the early setting sun. The normally tight budget loosens its belt as much as possible…and so do we with real belts, making room for food…food…everywhere food. The everyday normalcy – bills, frozen pipes, grocery shopping, etc. – that taps its foot impatiently, demanding attention and offering no sympathy for the added holiday stress.
It’s overwhelming. A whirlwind of emotion and gift wrap and parties and…stuff. It’s enough to make a girl crawl in a box and hide.
That’s not what it’s all supposed to be about. We all know it – it’s just hard to avoid getting caught up in the chaos.
A few things have helped me stay grounded during the holiday season this year.
First, my friend Janelle. Her dedication to a 25 Days of Giving project is inspiring. Check out her blog here. I recommend starting with this post, which lists 75 (count ’em) ideas that revolve around giving.
Second, this video about 100 people who thought they were taking a normal flight…and landed to find their Christmas wishes waiting for them. Watch it. It’s magical and it made me smile and cry at the same time.
Third, so many of YOU out there who have posted about Christmas decoration adventures, inspirational verses, and just overall positivity.
As December 25 fast approaches (12 shopping days ’til Christmas whatttt…), I’ll be seeking the good that comes with this season of real, living love. And if I must hide from the chaos, I’ll find a wreath so I can at least stop and smell the pine needles.
What inspires you and keeps you grounded during the holiday season?