That’s the name of a great article in Huffington Post that features five tips to make the season merry.
My favorite tip? #1, Just Say No.
From the author, Carrie Contey, Ph.D., “Sure, there are lights to hang, parties to attend and gifts to purchase, and if you love doing these things, great! Do it all and enjoy yourself. But if you don’t enjoy these things, you can just say no. You get to choose. The people around you want YOU. Your presence is the best gift you can give. If you say yes to things you think you should do but don’t really want to do, you are going to be less connected to the people around you. Trust yourself and give yourself a break.”
I’ve said no to some things so far this season. This year, we put up a small faux tree, not our usual two fresh ones. I skipped a holiday shopping event I attend every year. I did most of what little shopping I did online. And we only did a handful of Christmas cards. But saying no to a few of those things allowed more time to do things that were more meaningful to me. I wrapped my roof rack (and Sister’s, too) with Christmas lights. We adopted and shopped for a family in need. I surprised a few special people with some fun treats to help them get more Christmas spirit.
I encourage you to check out this article sooner, rather than later! The Christmas spirit you save may be your own!