When I was a little girl the sight of brightly wrapped presents underneath the tree brought me a rush of excitement. As the night wore on the feeling of excitement I experienced slowly morphed into a warm,content feeling.
I loved the holidays as a child.It seemed like they took FOREVER to get here. As I grew up all of this slowly changed. Christmas seemed to come earlier and earlier each year. Christmas no longer brought me feelings of excitement. Instead, I was filled with anxiety. I had tons of gifts to buy on a limited budget. There seemed to be a million parties to attend, but not nearly enough time.
Despite all of the chaos of the holiday season, I tried desperately to grasp that warm exciting feeling I had experienced as a child. I tried my hardest to recreate the magic of my childhood Christmases.
I’m sure it will be no surprise to you that I failed miserably at capturing the magic of those Christmas moments. The feelings were forever gone. I thought long and hard about my Christmases past and had a strong realization.
It’s completely ok that those feelings and experiences are gone. I enjoyed them while they were there. But, here I am on Christmas Day in 2012. It was time for NEW Christmas experiences.
So, this morning I woke up, and thought about what kind of Christmas morning I would like to have. I made coffee and wrote this blog. I’m heading out for a run in a little bit as well. Those are very ordinary things, but they are part of MY Christmas morning.
A lot of the reason we DO NOT feel happy on the holidays is because we are trying too hard to create the “perfect holiday” with gifts, food etc. I believe Christmas can be a lot simpler than that. I know it is for me.
Give yourself a present this Christmas and do something that YOU enjoy today. I know I did. That said, it’s time for me to get running.
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!