As we enter into the holiday season, it’s important to remember that for some people, the holidays are anything but magical.
From money struggles to illnesses, from losses to plain ol’ parenting burnout, there are many ways that this time of year can be hard. There’s just something about feeling like the rest of the world is happy and joyful and snuggled up, warm and cozy, like a Hallmark movie, when you’re struggling with sadness, trials, or feeling like you don’t have the energy to make holiday magic happen in your own life.
Yet the holidays continue to march on, whether we are ready for them or not. So what do you do? Is there a way to embrace some kind of holiday joy and rid yourself of the envy, even when your own holidays aren’t perfect?
Well, first of all, it needs to be said that no matter what you’re going through right now, it is important to honor your journey. You may be dealing with a serious loss or illness or something that just makes the focus of your life right now on getting through. And that’s OK. Only you know what you are carrying right now. No one else can make the call of what you can handle.
Maybe you need to opt completely out of the holidays this year. And if you do, please know that that would be 100% OK. The holidays are another part of the year and they will be here again. What matters is getting you to a place where you can move forward.
But if you’re looking for some way to reclaim some of the spirit of the holidays in a way that works for you, consider making your own rules this holiday. Life isn’t perfect and neither are the holidays. So consider this your permission to mix-and-match from the holiday buffet of happiness. Here are some suggestions to help make that happen at EverydayFamily.com