The holiday weekend is fast approaching and we’re in the final days of preparation before we gather with families and loved ones to celebrate Christmas. For many of us, the past few weeks have likely been spent in some form of preparation, holiday shopping, cookie baking, holiday plays/concerts and various holiday parties with friends and co-workers.
But as we hit these final days of preparation, I’ve found myself in countless conversations with people talking about the holidays and it is clear the hustle and bustle is in full force. People are frantically trying to figure out what the best gift will be to give this year, what food they need to prepare for all the gatherings they have coming up, and when they will find the time to do it all in the midst of everything else going on during the holiday season.
At a time meant to share holiday cheer, a time to be grateful for the year we’ve had and a time to embrace the energy of the season, it is clear many of us need to get grounded in the reason for the season. We need to embrace the energy that is meant to be shared this time of year. The energy of giving and receiving love and light to those around us.
And the beauty of it is it’s just a mindset away.
So let’s challenge ourselves to be mindful this holiday season. Let’s focus less on the presents, and more on being present.
Let’s find the calm in the holiday shopping. The beauty in the holiday music being played or sung in the stores. The joy on children’s faces as they see Santa or find the gift at the store they have on their list.
Let’s find time to get outdoors and embrace the fresh air. It does the mind and the body wonders. Hiking, skating, ice fishing, curling, you name it – the winter months provide a fresh spin on outdoor activities for us to embrace.
Let’s find a way to give back to those in need this holiday season. Whether it be donations of gifts, money, or time, giving back to those in need is a sure way to help remind you how blessed you truly are.
I wish you all a beautiful holiday season with your loved ones both near and far. Wherever you are, and whatever your traditions include, remember to be present and enjoy the season.
The Grounded Gal