Multiple friends, acquaintances and coaching clients have lamented to me that “the holidays are so busy and stressful that they no longer hold the magic that they did when I was young.” I’m paraphrasing. Yeah, we learn as adults that it takes a lot of work to create that magic for others. The good news is that it doesn’t take so much work to create the magic for ourselves.
There are so many traditions (both family and cultural) that it would be impossible to try them all. Think of all the countries in the world where people celebrate Hanukah or Christmas or New Year’s. In each place, there are regional variations. All special and delightful and they are fun to learn about, but we don’t have to do them.
I have personally test driven all* the choices on the above list at some time in my life. This week, I checked in with my body compass and my values and this list represents how I plan to celebrate this year.
* I never actually gave gifts to “everyone else.” But one year, I did give a home-baked cookie assortment to all of my children’s teachers and all the students and teachers in our Tae Kwon Do class, maybe 30 individuals. Let’s just say that it felt like “everyone else.”