Creating a list, checking it twice, sticking to a budget, making sure the kids are happy and loved. It’s easy to get so wrapped up in the shopping and the must-haves. It doesn’t have to consume us. We must remember the purpose behind all the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. I’m making a goal to be present and have fun with my family this holiday season. I challenge you to hold space for that too! Let’s gift the gift of being present!
Remember the Reason for the Season
Whether you are Christian, Jewish, or another religion or none of the above, take time to remember why you celebrate the holidays. Religion, tradition, and family are all great reasons to celebrate. Holding space to be present in the reason behind the celebration. That might look like reading the story from the bible or taking time to visit Grandma Jean and reminisce. Whatever that looks like for you and your family, be present and enjoy the reason.
Take a moment to pause and reflect on all the amazing things in your life. I am so grateful for all the little things, like snuggles and kisses from the kids. I’m also grateful of the bigger things, like a roof over our heads and all of our needs being met. The awesome We Spot writers have also been writing about some great holiday topics surrounding family and gratitude.
In the words of Mr. Rogers, “I believe that appreciation is a holy thing, that when we look for what’s best in the person we happen to be with at the moment, we’re doing what God does; so in appreciating our neighbor, we’re participating in something truly sacred.”
Set Down the Phone
Sometimes we are upset more photos aren’t being taken over the holidays, but often times that means we’re enjoying the company of our friends and family. Take time to be present when surrounded by family and friends. I enjoy a conversation with someone whose head isn’t buried in their phone.
Choose Meaning Over Quantity
We often want to make sure our family and friends have the best gifts, usually that means lots of toys for the kids, or little things to fill the stockings. Take time to be present with each recipient to make sure you are choosing a meaningful gift for them. I love listening to stories of everyday life to hear what might pop out as meaningful to them. I know I love getting gifts that I can really use and enjoy and I try to do the same with my friends and family.
Being Present is a Gift
Always remember the time spent together is a gift in itself. Some may be going through hard times or are struggling with things we don’t know about. Being there and present with them is a wonderful gift to give this holiday season. Happy Holidays to you and your family!