Whether or not you celebrate this holiday or share your life with people who do, this is likely to be a different kind of Christmas. From the pandemic to supply chain challenges, this holiday is surely one to be created. 

As store shelves may be emptier than usual, Christmas presents might be replaced with gifts of ‘experiences to be shared’ or home-made treasures or treats from local shops. Maybe we will spend less time on getting presents and more time on being present to each other and to what matters…being together with loved ones. 

I remember many years ago riding with my love around the neighborhood looking at the Christmas lights… and what would have been a lovely time…except that I was cranky about something and not a charming elf in the passenger seat.

Jim had the fortitude to ask me, “Is this the Christmas you want? Is this how you are going to spend it? You get to say…”

and I squawked at first but got his message and righted myself to be in the moment, to be in the experience, and to be with him – enjoying the beautiful lights and the effort it took to put them up and share them with the community. 

That has stayed with me and I often ask myself “Is this the way you want it to be? If not, can you be with it as it is or do something to change it?”

The holidays are stressful – unreasonable expectations, childhood stuff that still lingers among parents and siblings, travel challenges, too much of some things and not enough of others – and we can go into the holidays with mixed feelings of anticipation and dread. 

How do you want your holiday to go? How can you create it?

Here’s wishing you and your loved ones a warm and wonderful holiday. 




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