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As much fun as the holidays are, they can also be stressful. I recently took a long walk with a friend, and we chatted about our Christmas plans. She is a newlywed and is hosting her first Christmas. Could be fun, then again…..

She talked about the menu, decorating, gifts, wrapping and on and on. What struck me, is just how much work it was going to be. Nowhere in there did I hear any enthusiasm….it was all, “I have to do this”, “I need to do that”, “I need to get this.”

Where was the, “I want to”? Where was the, “I’m looking forward to”?

Where was the fun? Where was the spirit of the holiday?

Where was the anticipation of time spent with family and friends?

A Little Perspective

When I was married, I used to feel sorry for single people. I wondered how they coped spending the holidays alone. Now that I’m single, and often spend Thanksgiving or Christmas alone….I feel sorry for my married friends!

In all the rush of the holidays, they miss the true meaning. The holidays go by in a blur and come January 2nd….all they have to show for it is the credit card bills.

I, on the other hand…may spend the days alone…but let me tell you something….I EXPERIENCE the holidays…. I walk around with a permanent SMILE on my face….and the joyful exuberance of a 5-year old who still believes in Santa Claus.

I watch the Christmas parade, attend the tree lighting, Christmas concerts and movies in the park. I bake Christmas cookies, grab a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy them as I watch the lights twinkle on my Christmas tree. I make a wreath from tree clippings and throw it in my car. Every time I open the car door, the smell invokes wonderful childhood memories of Christmas.

Here are 12 ways that I will spend my Christmas:

  1. Yoga by candlelight
  2. A drive to see the Christmas lights
  3. A cup of coffee and a chat with a friend
  4. Sitting quietly by the fireplace listening to the logs crackling
  5. Christmas caroling with friends
  6. Watching “A Christmas Carol” starring George C. Scott (he is the best Scrooge!)
  7. Talking on the phone for hours with my favorite brother
  8. A long walk in the woods
  9. Reading my favorite book
  10. A Christmas concert in the park
  11. Baking Christmas cookies
  12. Writing down my New Year’s Resolutions

I hope that in all the craziness of your holidays….you take some time out to remember the reason for the season…

Albena Anis
 

Albena Maxwell manages our Sports & Fitness, Outdoors and Automotive categories. When he's not writing and researching products, he enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee and traveling.

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