Why Aren’t We Happier During the Holidays?

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.

My grandma's always played a big role in making the holidays magical for me as a kid!
My grandma’s always played a big role in making the holidays magical for me as a kid!

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.

Drinking coffee from my favorite Great Lakes Mug!
Drinking coffee from my favorite Great Lakes Mug!

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.

My new brightly colored running shoes!
My new brightly colored running shoes!

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

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