It’s the holiday season, and with all of the hustle and bustle of the moment, it is a time for family and feasts. As I have gotten older, I seem to approach the holidays with a different sense of emotion.
As I reminisce of Christmas’s past, I remember those years that I received a memorable present. The year that my Nana gave me a stuffed panda bear that I carried around with me instead of the normal pajama set, or the year that Santa gave me an adult popcorn machine which made me feel all “grown up” instead of a play set.
But more than remembering receiving specific gifts, what I remember the most is the feeling of Christmas. The preparation and decorating the tree, making cookies with my mother for the neighbors in colorful Christmas tins, and the caroling that occurred throughout the month. The overwhelming feeling of joy and the contentment of being with those closest to you was the true meaning of Christmas.
How do you replicate the feelings in those memories?
How do you navigate your current situation to ensure that you can have those same feelings?
There are many who find this time of year the most difficult, whether it is feeling disconnected or missing a loved one. It can be hard to find the joy. But it is important to remember that you are not alone. Try the simple things to bring back the feelings that you once had. Use the memories of years past to bring out the goodness in the current year.
Feelings pay a huge component to why and how we navigate through life, such as the feelings of joy, sorrow, happiness or sadness. Knowing why you are feeling a certain way can be enlightening. And instilling the traditions of years past may be the best solution to finding your way during the holiday season.
So bake those cookies, sing those carols, and decorate the tree. Find the JOY in Christmas again.
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