Why is it that the holiday season seems to be the most stressful time of the year?
Shouldn't it be a happy fulfilling occasion?
Stress for many is caused by poor planning. A "big" Christmas, one with "all" the trimmings (food for weeks, clothing, special events, etc.), "all" the gifts (large and small, handmade and bought, "all" the decorations (inside and out), "all" the guests (throughout the season and on the actual holidays) (or being a proper guest) gets pretty complicated, and yet people seem to expect to pull it together without months of preplanning, then they are disappointed when the opportunities are over and things didn't go as they hoped. The solution is to plan on keeping things very simple, then if extras are able to be added, that makes a great memory.
My simplest answer is that we have so much to do besides calling and parting with our friends and family. We must make sure we have the NEW YEAR's Calendar. Remembering to write your appointments in January will make you feel better. You'll feel like you are in control of the holiday instead of letting it control you. Go out to the store in the morning, purchase one and say Happy New Year to a few people and get your car washed as a special treat. Of course, your house and holiday remain for the night before should be cleaned up and the dishes done and dried. Except, if you bother not to put it away, you may want to eat more. That's a Good thing and your house won’t be so organized. I love a little mess!
It all sounds so idylic and I envy your philosophy but I can't help thinking that you and your family are now in the minority when it comes to enjoying Xmas. This year my fiancee and I escaped to Spain over the holidays. It was the best Xmas ever.
holiday season is when people crazily rush to buy food or things or gifts, fight with the crowd and that is very stressful. I would rather relax and don't buy anything
It's ALL about MONEY... most retailers operate in the 'red' throughout the year. They MUST convince you to spend, whether you can afford it or not.. They convince you that you MUST have it! You are not a good spouse, parent, sibling, child, friend, neighbor, co-worker, patient, boss, employee, PERSON, if you don't spend, spend, spend. Consequently, many people dread the holidays.. the pressure of giving more, spending more.. and even wanting more..
ALL of THIS equals STRESS, and a whole lot of it!
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