It can be all too easy to let your holidays be hijacked by your To-Do list.
Turkey and stuffing? Check. Gift wrap and sugar cookies? Check. Christmas cards and colored lights and office parties? Check!
Wait... what... it's all over? I missed it??
That was me, more times than I care to think about. I could never quite get my footing. The close of every year felt like I was racing to some gold-encrusted finish line, only to discover that I'd misunderstood the assignment.
When it comes to the holidays, it truly is all about the journey.
This year, I am choosing a different path. This year, I am welcoming a holiday season that is meaningful, joyful and fun!
Will you join me?
If you haven't already performed the exercises in Your Holiday Bliss Plan, Step 1: How to Start the Season with Comfort and Joy, I encourage you to do so now. When you have finished, you will have a beautiful new vision of how you want your holiday season to unfold.
Let's pause right now and wallow in a little holiday spirit. If your vision is written down, take a look at it. Read it out loud. If not, just take a few deep breaths, close your eyes and picture the season as you want it to be.
Have a full-blown, Technicolor daydream. Look around a bit. What are you doing? Who is there? How does it feel, spending the holidays with people that you love?
Oops. I gave it away.
The secret to making your holidays more meaningful is to make them all about connections.
Yes, there is a place for tradition and ritual. Just ask my kids about me and my Christmas tree. I seriously considered putting it up right after Halloween, but I was afraid all the lights would burn out before December rolled around.
It's bad enough that it stays up until just before Easter most years.
The thing is, traditions are mostly about reminding us of our connections. Our roots. Our people.