by Rachel Hadiashar
Do you love the holidays?
Can't stand them?
Don't care either way?
I've felt all three ways
at different times in my life.
Here's what I love about the holidays:
1) Lights, lights and more lights.
The dark winter months wear on me. Got cute little lights illuminating a room, or hung on a tree? Sure, I'll take them. It's as good as Vitamin D to me.
2) Peace on earth and goodwill to all.
Talk of miracles and magic.
In mainstream culture?
I'll take some goodwill + peace on earth
with my white lights.
3) Christmas crafting.
While receiving gifts is fun,
we try to focus on
giving handmade gifts with love.
And here's what I can't stand about the holidays:
1) Not every one celebrates Christmas.
In fact, most people on earth don't celebrate Christmas. It can be obnoxious and ethnocentric to think Christmas is a given.
2) Can we say consumerism?
From Thanksgiving to Christmas,
1 million additional tons of trash
*a week* ends up in our landfills.
And as much as I love to shop,
and my son does get Christmas gifts,
a Christmas gift from Amazon
isn't how I define my love
for my family-
Christmas or not.
3) Too much pressure. Too many expectations. Too much stress.
Crazy to do lists.
Feelings of depression, loneliness,
and stress increasing over the holidays.
Alcohol and drug abuse increases this season.
Sad, but true.
What about you?
What do you love about the holidays?
What can't you stand, or totally stresses you out?
And join us for Holiday Magic, not madness 2016!
So you can love what you love
and minimize the rest.
Here's to less stress,
more FUN + MAGIC.
Join this FREE online event + holiday party for parents!
Hi friends, I write from the heart to tell my life story, and the story of those in my neighborhood called life. Research shows that our children's emotional & mental health is contingent upon us parents being able to tell our life story, or "coherent narrative." This is my coherent narrative, my life story in the making, with some of what I love in life too. My goal is to share my life in a way that is real, uplifting & positive- sometimes serious, sometimes fun. In my practice, I inspire parents to empowerment through reclaiming our life stories and learning respectful discipline. My work is my offering to our children- our future. Wishing you all a happy family!