Make time to appreciate the Holiday4:37 PM
I've been living this reality this year, and it is a bit crazy. I am not quite sure what made this year so challenging but here I am, a mere 10 days away from Christmas and feeling the heavy weight of stress pound me to a shred.
The Diwali break ended on November 26th and since then my life have been a succession of events, appointments, obligations, cooking and baking sprees, parties of all kind and not a single weekend free until Christmas...that bad.
In many a way it reminds my of Decembers of my Swiss past. The ones where you barely get to catch your breath at all. And, guess what? I don't like it, I never liked that part of the Christmas mayhem. The crazy part of it all is that, most of what kept me gagging for air these past few weeks is not even necessarily Christmas related. If you must know, most of it is school related, as they felt like inducing as much stress and frustration for parents in the 29 days that falls between the end of the Diwali break and the start of the Christmas break...THAT BAD! (Ask me another day about it, for now that is a very very sore topic)
In the midst of all that essence of pure madness, I finally sat down and decided to do the most sane thing one can do in such a situation :
Take a deep deep breath, eat a Brunsli and take a time out to re-think my Holiday priorities. As much as I love crafting and doing artsy stuff, I decided to slow down on that, and screw a solid amount of new recipes I wanted to try.
For the remaining of the month, I vow to spend as much quality time as I can with those I love. We may or may not do crafty things, or bake something fabulous, what matters most is that I get to relax and appreciate the season.
It's easy to loose focus in our media obsessed age. As much as I love browsing blogs and Pinterest for wonderful Christmas decor ideas myself, I'll be the first one to tell you not to let it go to your head. That is is OK to not have an entire house full of seasonal decor, and that your cookies do not need to be iced and sprinkled to perfection.
The other day, I decided to watch the second instalment of the Hunger Games saga (which I recorded on TV) and for some reason the line "Remember who the real enemy is" came back to me today only to have me thing :
"Remember what the real meaning of the Holiday is"
Yes, remember that it is a time to appreciate and savour and enjoy with your loved ones. Remember it is supposed to be fun and not a chore. Remember that it is all about spreading the cheer and spirit and share happiness with your world. Remember that its beauty lies in the simplicity. Remember the magic of your childhood, remember to be good to yourself.
This Christmas, I'll probably be found at home, with a very simple meal and a nice glass of wine as I put my feet up to watch a movie or read a book. Right now I am longing for this festive vortex to release me into the New Year.