The holiday season is moving right along, and I hope you have had some joyful moments so far. In my experience, the holiday pressure can intensify about mid-December. Parties tend to be in full-swing, gift acquisition, wrapping and shipping needs to be completed, and if you are traveling for the holidays (or others will be visiting you), extra plans are underway to ensure everything goes smoothly. In some cases, work demands ramp up as you work towards the end of the fiscal year. When our schedules are under duress, it is wise to consider what we might be able to either eliminate or postpone. Today’s thought for the holiday season provides one option to consider: skip any tradition that diminishes, rather than enhances, your holidays.
It is tempting to feel that we must pursue every tradition, every year. However, there are some years when the extra effort is simply not worth it. For example, you may be:
- Moving/changing jobs
- Swamped with caring for a sick loved one
- Struggling to meet a work deadline
- Not feeling well yourself
- Financially strapped
- Dealing with other, more pressing issues
For any number of reasons, this may be the year to let one or two things go. Admittedly, we may feel a bit melancholy or even guilty about skipping a tradition. However, the truth is, you (and everyone around you) will have a better holiday season if you are less stressed. The world won’t collapse if you don’t send cards, leave the elf in the box, buy cookies instead of bake them, decline an invitation, order take-out, etc.
If the very thought of an activity makes you want to cry, let it go. There’s always next year.
Is there a tradition that you’ve been tempted to skip, this year or another year?