What Aren't You Doing This Holiday Season?

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What Aren't You Doing This Holiday Season?
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Fri, 12-07-2012 - 2:55pm

It is supposed to be fun, right? Rewarding, reaffirming, heartwarming, spiritual?

And yet the word many of us would use to describe the season is stress.

We burden ourselves with the fantasy of the perfect tree, gift, meal ... We worry about money with which to fund all of the above. We count calories, or don’t, and then that inner voice starts to scold. We remember, as we do every year, that the joys of family often come with complications.

How then to reconcile the purpose of the season with the overlay of angst? Much of the answer is in letting go. You can do that metaphorically -- deciding not to worry about perfect and aim for perfectly fine. And you can do it literally -- jettisoning the pieces that you are doing for the wrong reasons.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/12/07/stop-stressing-holidays_n_2257542.html?utm_hp_ref=parents&ir=Parents

How would you finish this sentence:  This year I won't be_____________.   How do you feel about letting go of that one thing?

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Sat, 12-08-2012 - 11:44am

Traveling!!  We have decided with 1 little one and 1 on the way, we will not be traveling for Christmas any more.  Family can start coming to see us for Christmas, or after.



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Registered: 10-24-2007

Makes sense to me! 

What we aren't doing this year, is allowing consumerism, materialism, and gifting frenzy to intrude on our special Family Christmas. We're going to focus on what we do together, and gifts are going to have much smaller presence, with a preference for non-object gifting.

 

-Meg

Loving life as an 0ver-35 mom and Postal Wife, homeschooling, urban homesteading, relaxed crunchy/geek hybrid housewife, trying to live consciously in an age of media hypnosis

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Registered: 10-24-2007

Makes sense to me! 

What we aren't doing this year, is allowing consumerism, materialism, and gifting frenzy to intrude on our special Family Christmas. We're going to focus on what we do together, and gifts are going to have much smaller presence, with a preference for non-object gifting.

 

-Meg

Loving life as an 0ver-35 mom and Postal Wife, homeschooling, urban homesteading, relaxed crunchy/geek hybrid housewife, trying to live consciously in an age of media hypnosis

<a href="http://lilypie.com

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Registered: 10-24-2007

Makes sense to me! 

What we aren't doing this year, is allowing consumerism, materialism, and gifting frenzy to intrude on our special Family Christmas. We're going to focus on what we do together, and gifts are going to have much smaller presence, with a preference for non-object gifting.

 

-Meg

Loving life as an 0ver-35 mom and Postal Wife, homeschooling, urban homesteading, relaxed crunchy/geek hybrid housewife, trying to live consciously in an age of media hypnosis

<a href="http://lilypie.com