Christmas shouldn’t be stressful

Does anyone else think it’s ironic that this season of peace and celebration is statistically the most stressful time of the year for most people? Did you know that the suicide rate goes up around Christmas? Does anyone else find this weird? To do lists suddenly get even longer, stores are even more crowded and money gets tighter.

Too many people to shop for, gotta get those Christmas decorations up, and I haven’t even thought about the Christmas lights…crap. Gotta find a knock-out recipe to bring to this party, need to get the Christmas cards out…

But why does it have to be this way? Is this what Christmas is about?

Take a step back for a second and look at all the stuff you “have” to do. What will happen if you don’t do it all? What if you don’t make it to every party, or don’t get the Christmas village up, or don’t buy a present for all 27  cousins?

Christmas will still come. This glorious day that brought the world it’s savior, a time to be with our families and take a break from our hectic lives, it’ll still happen.

So slow down. Spend time with family and friends. Take a walk in the snow. Sing Christmas carols. Turn off all the lights and enjoy a mug of hot cocoa by the Christmas tree. Watch a favorite Christmas movie (my personal favorite is A Muppet Family Christmas, but if you’re more A Wonderful Life person, that’s fine too.) Take time to enjoy the season, even if it means not doing everything.

Happy Holidays!

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Posted on December 13, 2010, in Holidays, Stress and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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