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Between the parties, the gift giving, and the crowds we tend to find ourselves a part of this time of year, it can get a little overwhelming and exhausting!

What the movies on tv make look like a happy, cozy time of year to be enjoyed can actually turn into a real-life experience of just trying to make it through.


How to find joy this holiday season

Did you know that you don’t have to go to all the things?

It’s true! A full calendar might seem like a good idea until you are finishing your work week only to find that you have obligations staring you down over the weekend.  Not only that, but you need to purchase a gift or make food for these obligations.  If you find that you are not enjoying the experience, change it!

Giving gifts with purpose and meaning.

You might find yourself with a list of people to shop for, but no clue what to get.  Or you might find yourself with a list of gifts to get, but anxiety about how all of this shopping will effect your bank account.

Some of my favorite go-to gifts include buying locally made goods like bath products and treats. It feels good to support local businesses and find the perfect items for those on my gift list.

Another thing I have done is created my own ornament collection… sort of.  I find an ornament I love each year and then couple it up with one of the locally made treats.  Now I have a group of friends who all share the same ornament… there’s something warm and cozy about knowing that they all have the same ornament (my ornament) hanging from their tree each year.

I also enjoy purchasing thoughtful, handmade gifts from Etsy.  Not only does this support an artist or creator (as opposed to a chain store), but you can truly find one-of-a-kind gifts for those special to you.

While it might sound trite, it truly is the thought that counts.  It’s not about the amount of money you spend or the number of gifts you buy, but it’s about choosing something truly thoughtful for those on your gift list (and your intention will be felt).

Make your version of joy a priority.

Do the things that bring you joy. If you enjoy watching cheesy holiday movies, plan some downtime to curl up on the couch.  If you want to hop from party to party, say “yes” to the invitations. If the idea of creating your own traditions sounds like fun, make them (a fun one is to get a book and special chocolates to enjoy on Christmas Eve!). There are no rules.  Figure out what brings you joy and do it.