Christmas is a very special time of year for a lot of people. The holiday season is generally a time that is spent with family and friends and is a period of celebration and festivities.
It can also be a time of great stress for many people, whether it be financial stress, family difficulties, or the business of the Christmas period.
It can be very easy to get swept up in the chaos of buying the perfect presents and planning the perfect Christmas Day. But, if you’ve ever successfully had a Christmas Day that was perfect with not a single thing not going to plan, that makes one of us.
It’s almost impossible to plan for a perfect day, free of any stresses or something going wrong, but what we can do instead is choose what we give our attention to.
If you find yourself getting caught up in the little things, stop and re-direct your attention instead to the important things and how you want to remember your day.
Wherever and however you spend Christmas, most of us would agree that when we look back on those gone by, we don’t think of the little things that went wrong. Rather than remembering whether lunch took an hour longer than expected, whether someone turned up a little bit late or if we didn’t get or give exactly what we wanted, we are more likely to remember other things. We remember spending time with loved ones, we remember laughing, we remember who we spent it with and we remember over-indulging in food.
So, this year, why not write down on a little piece of paper what your main priority for the day is and tuck it away in your pocket. When you feel that all too familiar feeling of stress rising up in your belly, pull out your note and remind yourself what is truly important. For me, it will be just the simple act of sharing a meal around 1 table with my loved ones.