How To Have An Excellent Holiday Season
My radio co-host asked me this week to talk about how to have a good holiday. A few thoughts follow.
Set reasonable expectations. My Dad wasn’t one to curse much but I remember my parents lamenting the frustration that went with trying to assemble toys late on Christmas Eve. There’s nothing wrong with dialing back on some of the less pleasant aspects of the season.
Offset the “have to” events with things that you actually enjoy. Meeting up with a close friend can make putting up with the family cranky uncle at the holiday dinner much more tolerable.
Find something YOU enjoy to do. That might mean getting out your cross country skis. Or sneaking off to a movie. This recharge will give you more in your tank to absorb the parts of the season that are something of a hassle.
Write down a few reflections of this past year. This doesn’t need to be a long missive. A couple of paragraphs of what went right for you in 2022 and what you learned will do. Also you might want to add a couple of sentences about what you’d like to focus on in the coming year.
Carve out a little time to chill. We’re not designed to be “on” all the time.
Keep up a moderate level of physical exercise. Don’t overeat too much. And, obviously, don’t drink too much. Your batty relative is easier to take if you’re not nursing a hangover.
Wishing you a pleasant holiday season.