Another Christmas has come and gone.
I am always a little sad about it as it’s my favorite time of year.
I’ve even started decorating prior to Thanksgiving to try to stretch it out as long as possible.
The snow, the music, the baking, the shopping, the decorations and just the whole feel of such a peaceful and joyous holiday should last more than a month, I think.
I’m always saddened to hear there are people who don’t like it, or have a hard time with it.
Sometimes I think it really is just as simple as “it’s all what you make of it”.
If you don’t like certain things about it, change it up.
Make new traditions! Make it whatever you want, with whomever you want.
Make it big or little or travel or stay.
And yes it’s work and yes there’s a lot involved and yes, you’ll more than likely be whooped afterward like I am.
But it’s a good tired.
When you’re tired from having fun and baking and making things that people love, and spending time with friends and family, and enjoying the hubbub of the holiday, it’s a good tired. There are many worse ways to be tired.
With the festivities over and everything winding down, now it’s time to rest for the New Year.
I love fresh beginnings.
Take a little time to yourself before the New Year.
Take a little time to reflect.
What did you love about the last year?
What will you do differently next year?
What do you look forward to?
What will you do to be happier and healthier?
Jot them down so you don’t forget. Place them someplace special where you’ll see them.
There’s been studies done since the 30’s that show that if you share your goals and resolutions with other people, you’re less likely to fulfill them.
Doesn’t seem to make sense I know, but it’s best to wrap them up and keep quiet, and then celebrate with your favorite people when you’ve reached each one.
Don’t do too many, just a few based on your reflections on the past year. Only things that are truly important.
If we’re lucky, over the past year, we’ve learned a few good things we can take with us into the New Year.
Even if it was a tough year, if you look closely, there’s always blessings and good lessons.
If you and I had kept track of every single little blessing over the past year, we would run out of places to put them. They pile up even when we’re not noticing.
It’s all about perspective.
I hope your holiday season was filled with fun and good food and a lot of love.
For the New Year, I wish you health, overwhelming amounts of joy, and growth, and goals fulfilled, rest, and peace overflowing. That your eyes will be opened to all the good even in difficult times, that your worries will be few and your celebrations abundant.
~ April xoxo