hate the chores.
The shopping, decorating, going, coming, here, there, everywhere. Deep down, I love the holiday season. Starting with Halloween, all the way to the new year. I really do. But all the self-inflicted rushing and running and hurrying. Everything that should be happy and joyful about the holidays become chores, to be crossed off the to-do list.
Shopping, baking, decoration, visiting, partying, working, wrapping, addressing, mailing… Argh!
I think it's about high time we gave ourselves a break. Really. These chores we assign ourselves, they become the milestones of the season. The reason we dread the season. We have convinced ourselves that these activities are what makes the holiday season special. And they certainly can contribute. But they are not the foundation, cornerstone, or keystone to the happiness we can experience during the season.
Really, it's ok not to bake treats for the neighbor's dog. He'll forgive you. I promise.
Sure, write up the wish list of want-to-do's for the holiday season. I did. But give yourself permission to not finish them. Give yourself permission to skip the party. Skip the gift for the crossing guard at the school. A sincere smile, hug, greeting, and expressed appreciation will mean more than the box with a carefully crafted bow and handmade tag. I promise.
Next year, give yourself a break. Allow yourself to sit by the tree, sip a hot drink, and just enjoy the coziness of it all. Let yourself sit. I promise it will be worth it.