Christmas is the busiest happiest truly wonderful time of the year.
Or is it?
Some dread Christmas the stress of planning gifts, the responsibility of cooking the Christmas dinner the anxiety of having to attend social engagements can make it the most stressful anxious time compounded by the fact that Christmas seems to start so early these days.
So how about approaching these anxieties and stressful situations from a different point of view.
1 The gift, truly any gift given should be well received don’t consider yourself to be judged by reactions, you have taken the time and thought to give the gift but you can’t demand the reaction of others to receive the gift in the way you would like as we have no control over this
2 The Christmas dinner, I know in our home Christmas dinner is an occasion all of its own but it is after all just a dinner maybe with more trimmings and silly hats but none the less a meal like any other.
So, take away the thought that this is a onetime thing because it isn’t the only difference from a Sunday roast to Christmas dinner is the traditional turkey and paper hats from a cracker.
Embrace the moment of just sharing this meal with family or friends or with whomever or wherever you choose to be.
3 The social functions, for some this is what Christmas is all about the gatherings the fun the laughter.
For those that this is the most intolerable thing they can do take a moment and ask yourself why.
Some may say the think or feel the following
I’m Boring who has told you this is it a thought or a truth if you just think this then I’m almost sure that it’s not the truth.
I’m going to say something stupid and people will think I’m stupid.
One stupid comment does not make a person stupid all the time we all say the wrong thing from time to time.
Learn to laugh at yourself and don’t demand that you have to say and do the right thing all the time
The most important thing from all of this is to consider the one true underlying FACT
WE ARE ALL HUMAN
Therefore, we make mistakes we get things wrong we are fallible.
So, make Christmas 2018 a time to relax enjoy and generally less judgemental of yourself and remember it OK to want thing to be the best they can be but perfection is impossible
HAVE A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
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