Did you survive the Christmas season?I hope so.We are marching toward 2015 and
many of us will find ourselves singing Auld Lang Syne, a traditional New Years
eve song.I am sharing a beautiful
arrangement by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=to1xT93IlUI
As we enter 2015, I wish for you and your family a healthy,
happy, and prosperous year.
I love the Christmas holidays for many reasons:the gift-giving, the special dinners and food
treats, and so many traditions (including the great Christmas movies on TV).But especially the Christmas holiday
celebrates God’s gift to mankind: “For unto us a Child is given.”I hope you pause to celebrate the reason for
Christmas.The London Symphony Orchestra
performs a portion of Handel’s Messiah at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS3vpAWW2Zc
May God’s blessings shine on you and yours this holiday
Hubby and I brain-stormed and came up with some suggestions
on how we have changed our behaviors to protect our mental and physical health
this holiday season.
1.Don’t set our expectations at unreachable
levels.I recognize I cannot do it all.I cannot decorate the house beautifully, buy
and wrap all the presents, make fudge and homemade cookies while working full
time. And it’s ok.Do you put too many chores into your
schedule?Which leads us to #2.
2.Prioritize what gives the most satisfaction for
the time and money you have.What is
most important to you?What
traditions/activities/chores do you really not care about?Keep the important ones and leave off the
ones that don’t give you pleasure.
3.If possible, don’t wait till the last minute
(unless you enjoy that.Some people do
enjoy it.I would find last minute
chores and shopping stressful—but that’s just me.)If possible, do your shopping in less busy
times.I know some gals who have bought
their children’s gifts at Walmart at 4am before they came to work.I applaud anyone who gets up that early to
buy Christmas presents.
4.Hubby suggested this one:eat before you go shopping so you aren’t
tempted to grab unhealthy fast food.
5. Don't forget to care for your physical body. That includes: good food, exercise, a good night's sleep and other healthy behaviors.