Island Senior: Simplify For A Meaningful Holiday Season
Island Senior is a regular column on the SJ Update written by Peggy Sue McRae…
There is a certain amount of hustle and bustle that inevitably accompanies the holiday season. Here are just a few ideas that may help limit the stresses and increase the joys of celebrating the holidays:
Give the gift of shared experiences: Instead of buying more stuff, give the gift of quality time. Meet a friend for lunch at the Mullis Center on Bingo Day or for a special holiday lunch (to see the month’s menus click on the Update’s Mullis Center ad). Make a spa date and enjoy time relaxing with a good friend while you get your toenails painted for the holidays. Go with friends or family to see the new Star Wars movie, The Rise of Skywalker, coming out December 20. Attend a candlelight church service or holiday music concert with someone you love. Or, possibly my favorite holiday activity, invite a friend over for a relaxed evening of cocoa and Christmas movies.
Just say no: Its OK not to do everything. This is especially true if it involves traveling in inclement weather. Who besides me loves to see snow, not just because its pretty, but it is such a good excuse to stay home. Remember though, it is OK to stay home even if its not snowing.
Cultivate gratitude: Don’t let the season pass you by so quickly that you forget to enjoy it. Remember to appreciate the little things; the smell of tangerines, evergreens, and peppermint. Appreciate the big things too; like receiving a card from a cherished old friend, watching the delight on children’s faces, and the miracle that after Winter Solstice the days slowly begin to lengthen.