It’s begun; the Christmas machine, that juggernaut of retail insanity that overtakes a good portion of the population between the middle of November to December 26th.
I was out at a mall and Costco on the weekend. So was everyone else on the planet. Okay, maybe not everyone, but as I dodged shopping carts and squeezed my way through aisles so jammed with displays down the middle that you could only go one way, it sure seemed that way.
What is it about Christmas that turns normally rational beings into insatiable consuming machines?
Is it the irresistible displays of colourfully packaged goodies that tempt us at every turn?
Is it the pressure we put on ourselves to find THE perfect gift?
Are we overtaken by the spirit of generosity or guilt, as the case may be?
I know from years of financial counselling and educating, that there is no simple answer. Christmas comes with a lot of “baggage”.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by the season?
Rather than look to the past for answers –that could take years of therapy ( no, not the retail kind)- to figure out, I recommend taking time to think about the future.
Just because you overspent/over indulged in the past does not mean you need to continue that behaviour.
Like Scrooge, we can make changes that will lead to a brighter Christmas future not only for ourselves but for our loved ones.
Answering the following questions might help guide you to enjoying a more fulfilling Christmas season.
What is it you truly want to do/spend/give this Christmas?
What would that look like? How would it feel?
How can you make that happen for yourself and your family?
What’s one thing you will do to move yourself toward a more relaxed, rewarding holiday season?
These are powerful questions. Take a moment to think about them.
Then email us about what you will say YES &NO to this Holiday season.