As much as the holidays can be stressful and sometimes overwhelming as we talked about here, it’s also the most important time to take a step back, look around you, and be grateful for all of the good you have in your life. We all have so much to be thankful for.
I know for #16, this week has been stressful. It’s like every year Christmas comes out of nowhere and all of a sudden I’m left scrambling to try and get everything done before the holidays come. This also happens to be the busiest time of year at work, so the combination of trying to tackle 80 different projects for work and home has definitely overwhelmed me.
But in the midst of all the chaos, I try to take a breath and remember what it’s all about…friends and family.
#11 is writing this piece with only 4 more hours to go until the Christmas shenanigans can begin. I’M SO EXCITED!!!!! Like Britt said stress can come in to play the week of the big day, but it all gets done. One step at a time, right?
So here are a few ways that you can spread happiness and stay uplifted throughout the holidays:
- Buy a gift for a child/family in need
- Donate to the food bank, donate your time volunteering or donate to your favourite local charity
- Buy someone a coffee.
- If you have a family member who is grumpy, annoying you or just straight up not in the Christmas spirit, let them be themselves! Don’t let it get to you and just give them a big hug
- Let that impatient driver take the good parking spot
- Give freely without expecting anything in return
- Simply smile at someone
- Heck you can even bake Team 27 some yummy cookies 🙂
Doing a good deed is a beautiful selfless act and it will actually make you feel really good.
Team 27 has never exchanged gifts – not for birthdays or Christmas. We generally try to create memories and spend our money that way, rather than through gifts. This year we decided to buy a gift for a child in need. We decided to buy a gift for a little boy between 5-6. This hits close to home because we have a nephew who is 6 and two others who are around that age. It’s hard for either of us to fully comprehend what it must be like for families who aren’t as fortunate as us. It certainly keeps things in perspective and makes us hug them a little bit tighter this year.
All that to say, don’t let the stress and the anxiety of what’s to come over the next week take away from the quality time with family, friends and any other loved ones. Life is short and unpredictable and we never know what any day will bring, so cherish your time together. When it comes down to it…that’s really all that matters.
Happy Holidays from Team 27, enjoy every ounce of it and talk to you in the New Year!