Surviving Holiday Hustle and Bustle

One of my Facebook friends shared someone’s status update from 16 October 2020 and it applies to the holiday season in 2021:

Reminder that your friends still love you. Everyone is just very tired.

I’m exhausted this holiday season. Since starting my new job, there have been a lot of firsts and especially experiencing them with Tom. Since we agreed to celebrate both holidays together, I’ve been running around like crazy. It’s been non-stop since Hanukkah a few weeks ago. Now I’m going over Tom’s house on Christmas Day and I’m debating if I should bring a small gift for his parents. What is the etiquette? Small flower? He told me not to bring any food, but should I? Just a flower?

I’m trying not to stress out, I’ve been taking deep breaths and reminding myself that this is all a learning curve. I’m giving myself grace, as well as kindness. We don’t have to be perfect, we only have to be present. That is all we need to do this holiday season: be present and enjoy your time with loved ones.

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Creator of the Happiness Box Project Initiative, a project where you write your happiness or gratitude each day, then open the box in the New Year. The Initiative is to teach joy and gratitude, to pass it on to others.

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