So now we’re down to the official countdown — five days until Christmas (and “only four days left to shop, Mom,” my 12-year-old reminded me tonight). In our house, the tree is finally up, some baking is done, and the presents have been sent from our home on the West Coast to the relatives on the East Coast (phew). I’m still shopping for the kids (and the dog), but I’m happy about that. I actually like shopping in the last few days before Christmas. It feels, well, Christmas-y.
Nevertheless, the flurry of activity is taking a toll and I find myself longing for some peace and time for reflection, which reminds me of how important it is to take time for ourselves during the holidays. I’ve been trying over the last week to take even 30 minutes every day to relax — by knitting, hanging out my favorite cafe with tea and a book, getting some exercise, or taking the dog for a walk around my neighborhood and admiring the holiday decorations. I’m trying to eat somewhat healthily, too (though I do love cookies) and limiting the alcohol, as well as the number of parties I’m attending. This year I’m feeling sort of mellow about Christmas. I don’t want to push it.
I found a good list of similarly enriching things to do this season on the Six Seconds Emotional Intelligence website. Some of these are by the Six Seconds founder himself, Joshua Freedman. Others were sent in by some of his readers. Take a quick look — I found them to be impressive and inspiring.