Putting the X in Xmas

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Dialing it Down for December

This year I’m putting the X in Xmas. I’m trying to slow it down this December. And I’m not the only one. A good friend of mine skipped out on the school Christmas concert. It had been a long day, her kids were tired and didn’t want to go – and the truth was she didn’t either. So she stayed at home to enjoy a quiet night of going to bed early and doing nothing. No regrets. Another friend cut out early from the party at work. She made a quick in and out for food and headed back home. With all the holiday hubbub, she wanted to just chill at home and hang out with her family.

Holiday Season So Ho-Ho-Ho-Hectic

The holiday season can get so ho-ho-ho hectic. The malls are muggled up with people, parking lots are packed and traffic is terrible. There is a lot of rushing around from searching for hard-to-find gifts to preparing to host Christmas dinner. It’s great there are so many events and invitations for the holiday season, but it can get overwhelming. The Christmas spirit that everything is in the name of can start to feel a little squashed. So in my circle of friends, we’ve all decided to get choosy in what we fill our calendar with.

angelThis Year Mark an X for Xmas

This year I’ve marked Xs on my calendar for things I’m not going to do. And it’s been eXcellent. I did feel a wee bit guilty at first to have to say no, but spending time at home with my family relaxing was totally worth it. We snuggled up with a bowl of popcorn and watched a movie, read Christmas books together and geared down as a family. It’s been totally fabulous for all of us.

candyCaneTree (2)Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

So if you are feeling like you need a break this Christmas, go ahead and take it. Give yourself the gift of saying “No” and go for “slow.” Sometimes we just need to slow down and take time to smell the hot chocolate. Hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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By Miki Dare

writer and artist