ith Christmas around the corner, it's easy to look at the pile of things to get done and feel a little overwhelmed. Between wrapping presents, cooking meals, traveling and/or hosting visitors, it all adds up to a seemingly endless to-do list.
But if you push the chaos and noise away, the holidays are also a great time to stop and reflect on what really matters.
Recently, a New Jersey man did just that, going out his way to give others an amazing gift, reminding us what the holidays are all about.
To describe the holiday season as "hectic" is an understatement.
No time of year keeps us running around like crazy people more than the handful of weeks before Christmas. No matter how we celebrate, the one thing we all seem to have in common is the rush to get a thousand things done before December 25th. Just thinking about the litany of seasonal traditions is enough to leave even the most organized types longing for a winter nap.
Maybe there's a ton of baking to do.
Whipping up holiday confections is the name of the game for many holiday enthusiasts. There are cookie exchanges, big dinners, and office parties, all of which need sweet treats. Add on trying to find the perfect tins to package everything in, plus a special batch of sugar cookies for Santa, and it’s easy to see why holiday bakers get exhausted.
And if we're not baking, we're bracing ourselves for lots of socializing.
Decorating dozens of cookies takes time and effort, but it’s nothing compared to the anxiousness some of us feel when it comes to get-togethers. While a lot of people thrive in social settings, there are others who get so stressed out at the thought of making it through another festive dinner or cocktail party that it’s easy to overlook the spirit of the season.
And then there's the momentous task of picking out the perfect gift.
If baking and socializing aren’t enough to have our heads spinning around the holidays, the quest to find ideal gifts will do the trick. We’ll probably spend too much, overthink our choices, and make some exchanges, but we forge ahead anyway. This is year is the year we finally pick that present that special someone will adore, and nothing’s going to stop us.
It pays to take a deep breathe and a time out.
Before we let ourselves drown in the cacophony of holiday noise, many times, it’s beneficial to take a timeout. Stopping and reflecting on the meaning of the season can be the difference between a mental breakdown and actually enjoying ourselves. And when we stop to remember that kindness to others is what drives the wonderful time of the year is all about, it can help take the pressure off.