What are your expectations this holiday season?

Do you feel like the Christmas Spirit passed you by?

Holidays can be a little tricky. If you have great memories of holidays past … when you think of them they can bring you joy or make you sad that this holiday is different.

I feel your pain …

Christmas was always a BIG deal in our home growing up. I have the fondest memories of family and friends at holiday time. Many of those people are not here anymore. That can make me feel sad.

A few years back when I was having a particularly difficult time with this thought process, I had an epiphany – Each holiday is different. Just like snowflakes.

What would happen if I just let each one fall organically? Could I accept each holiday for the love and gifts that it brings? I wasn’t sure, but I was willing to give it a try.

I sure am glad I did!

I have not had a sad holiday since!

Sure, I miss my loved ones who have gone on. Sure, my family looks different now than it did then. But there are some things that have not changed.

  1.  I am still me! I am a giver. I love to give. What better time than at Christmas?
  2. If no one else wants to be with me, I want to be with myself! I can celebrate that I have truly learned to love and enjoy me!
  3. It is still the season to celebrate Jesus’ birthday. My relationship with Jesus fills my heart with unexplainable peace and joy.
  4. I DO have people in my life who love me. What a great opportunity to connect with them and thank them for being there!
  5. This is a great time to get out and explore other people’s festive creativity. I can go look at lights and festive decorations to stir up my creativity and make me smile.

No two holidays are exactly the same.

This year, I hope you are inspired to Show Up Well for yourself and look at your season just like you would a snowflake to embrace the unique beauty that it brings!

Happy Holidays!