Christmas wishes 2016

I want to wish you a wonderful festive holiday with your friends and family. As I write this from Tenerife in the sunshine on 16th of December, it doesn’t quite feel like Christmas with the warm weather, no queues, no impatient people in a rush everywhere and no constant playing of Christmas Tunes.

I still have a little work to do when I get home to get caught up in the Christmas hype, although my tree is already up and most of my gifts wrapped arranged.
After a year of significant change personally I am excited and really looking forward to Christmas this year.

I really hope you find my blog helpful and please do share with family and friends.

What do Christmas Holidays/Festive time mean to you? Is this really “the most wonderful time of the year”

We live in a fast paced world where everyone is “busy” connected to e-mails, apps, phones. We can purchase almost anything at the push of a few buttons. So my question is, how can you disconnect over the holidays and slow down your inside pace to allow yourself to reconnect from the inside. Perhaps you can use your time to do things you haven’t done for a while or simply be curious with new fun hobbies you haven’t tried yet.

We are all unique individuals with different lifestyles, different beliefs and different values, the thoughts of the “most wonderful time of the year” can be lost in stress, anxiety, impatience in trying to constantly fit in with what other people want. Conflict and stress often arise when we try and force our beliefs, values and expectations on others or when others try to do the same to us.

I’d like to suggest that over the holidays, a time when people are on different schedules, try to plan for and allow different values, beliefs and expectations. If you feel yourself getting annoyed, physically leave the space for a few moments and do something that will bring a smile to you. Give gratitude for having the people in your life and acknowledge everyone is unique and their way is ok for them. Consider what you need yourself to be ok.

Choice is a great word, you can choose how you spend your time, often people get caught up in perceived demands of others, choose how you spend your time over the festive holidays and notice how others will follow your lead or not.

Holidays are a period of leisure and recreation. I am wondering how you can create ” the most wonderful time of year” for you and your family and friends this year:

List 2 or 3 things that will do this for you? They should not be material or attached to possessions, then plan them and do them.

What do you want to create over the holidays: take some time and space to think about this and do one thing every day just for you that will make you really happy.

The festive holidays can also be a time of sadness remembering people that are no longer with you. If you are missing family and friends at this time of year my thoughts are with you.
Give thanks for the memories of your loved ones ,all the learnings and times you had with them. Keep the memories close to your heart and take comfort from how they have shaped you and your family. Maybe get old photo albums out to help you do this.

Consider taking time to remember friends and family taking in caring/ supporting roles who don’t get any holidays at this time of year. Give thanks and gratitude and perhaps do something extra to make their days over the festive period special too.

I am looking forward to spending time with my family for our first Christmas together in our new home and as a new family.

Wishing you “the most Wonderful time of the year”