I’m sure you’ve been feeling festive for weeks now, but two days from now is actually Christmas eve! So it’s time to set aside the Christmas drinks and gift buying and think about what Christmas actually means.
It’s a bright time in the middle of the darkest season of the year. It’s a time for family and friends, to get together with loved ones and telling them how much they mean to you.
It’s a time for giving. Not only bought gifts, but also time and forgiveness, personal and meaningful gifts, homemade gifts and edible gifts. It’s the time to think about others and help those less fortunate. Whether it’s donating clothes, money or time you spend volunteering, for many people Christmas is the only time of year they are not lonely.
But Christmas is also a time to reflect. To light a candle and write cards to the people that have made this year special. To reflect on the past months and take stock. What did you achieve this year, how did you grow? What memories have you made? What has angered or upset you and is there a way to do something about it? If you feel comfortable to do so, remember the people you’ve lost, the good times you had with them. But also appreciate the new people that have come into your life.
It’s a time of self-love, even though that is sometimes hard to do. Don’t dwell on your shortcomings, real or perceived, focus on the parts of yourself that you like and expand them.
And finally, just take some time for yourself today! The holidays are always stressful, even if you enjoy seeing your family, so treat yourself today. Light a candle, make yourself a hot cup of tea or a glass of wine, take a bath or read a good book. Write down your thoughts, if you want. I personally always find that helpful. And just collect your strength for the coming days.
I’m already sad for this calm time to end, but at the same time I’m really looking forward to seeing all my family and eating copious amounts of delicious food. So I hope you’ve had a wonderful Christmas time so far and take care of yourself!