As we anticipate the holiday season, we reflect on the current of our lives and those around us. Although we have been experiencing some tumultuous times recently, we still have the power to choose many of our experiences.
We do not have to get caught up in the commercialism that seems to overtake the season. Instead, we can choose to get back to the basics, and focus only on those holiday activities we really enjoy.
The holiday season should be about spending time with loved ones, reminiscing, creating memories and giving to others; not a never-ending to-do list that adds to your stress.
Consider simplifying gifts. Listen to the important people in your life, find out what is truly important to them, and find a way to give them that experience. Recently, my son invited me to explore Starved Rock State Park in Utica, Ill. We had a great day enjoying nature, and I will cherish the memory of the day for a lifetime. (He took the photo featured above) For most of us, the memories of spending time together hold far more value than any material gifts.
Go back to the basics and re-evaluate your holiday activities, replacing those you no longer enjoy with more meaningful activities. Simplesizing the season adds to holiday happiness.
How do you plan to make this holiday season more meaningful?