I was watching Sheila wrap gifts yesterday as we prepared for our trip to see family. She was having a fun time cutting paper, tying ribbons and labeling gifts. She keeps a diligent list of what everyone is getting to make certain that the number of gifts and costs of gifts are kept even among family members.
While shopping for gifts is far from simple, wrapping is pretty straightforward and automatic. The only thing left to do after that is to put them under the tree or in our situation, into the suitcase.
As we approach the holiday time, I’m looking for two ways to keep my energy up and to enjoy it all.
- Keep it simple–Remember the 80/20 rule. You don’t have to make anything perfect this week. It is all going to work out and not having the “perfect gift” will not keep the recipient from enjoying what they receive and loving you for giving it. Let others help with meals and even give yourself a gift of a nap and some downtime.
- Enjoy the perspective- Make sure you see the joy in people’s faces whether it is the joy in your niece’s face or the kids returning clothes at the mall. Your partner may want to discuss his or her plans for 2014. Listen to their dreams and hopes and see how you can support them.
- Remember the message of the season–Family renewal, giving of oneself, a joyful heart. May you find peace, happiness and comfort in your home and life
Happy holiday, Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad, Happy Kwanza, Happy Chanukah, Buon Anno!