Santa Is Watching You Too

With the holiday’s approaching, we all have a tendency to get a little, ummm, hmmm, well….bitchy.  This means not only do we get a little snappy with the ones we love, but we also get less tolerant of people who irritate us in some way.

And let’s face it: there are a lot of people with the propensity to irritate us.  Like the clerk at the grocery store who can’t properly explain why an item rang up wrong.  Or the sales associate who explains that the item you purchased was NOT part of the advertised sale.  How about that dumbass in the passing lane doing 60mph?  The co-worker with coffee breath who likes to talk up-close and personal?

We all have peeves that hit our “bitch-button” like a kid playing whack-a-mole.  That doesn’t mean, however, that we need to act on our impulse to lash out.  When we are distracted and overwhelmed, (common holiday emotions), we forget that people, ALL people, have feelings; battles; struggles.

Here are some tips to keep your Grinch at bay this season:

  • Plan shopping trips ahead of time and bring a list.
  • Expect to only get half of what you hope to during each shopping trip.
  • Purchase as much as you can online.
  • Create a Holiday Planning Calendar and schedule each task (decorating, shopping, cooking, baking, invites, etc.). (check out http://www.wincalendar.com/2013-Word-Calendar.htm)
  • When interacting with others, ask yourself what you could do to make their day better.
  • Eat healthy before you start your tasks, and bring snacks on every shopping trip.
  • Know a friend, neighbor or co-worker that celebrates the holiday’s differently from you?  Learn more about it and make a gesture that honors their traditions and beliefs.
  • Smile.  Even if through bared teeth.

Regardless of which holiday (if any) you celebrate between now and January, be the best version of you.  You’re being watched: By Santa, by the Elf on the Shelf, by God, by Karma or maybe just by that little kid who’s watching how you treat others.  Be kind and considerate, even when it’s hard.  Almost anyone can be kind and considerate when it’s easy.  Don’t judge, don’t hate…you’re better than that.

You know the drill…comment below with your thoughts and any tips YOU have to keeping your ‘crazy tucked in’ this holiday season.  Then get started on that calendar!!

Comments

  1. Lori Liska says:

    Patience is sometimes short on a normal basis but more so during the holiday season….the consumer, the employee waiting on the consumer and people just going about trying to accomplish all the things that need to be done….everyone is stressed sometimes to the max….THAT is when a random act of kindness or a small gesture really means a lot….it takes the edge off and it makes people think….share a laugh or just a smile and it can turn not only someone else’s day around but it can make your day just as meaningful…

  2. Great “preventative” post, April!

    It’s true that something seems to shift in the air around the holidays, and one way that I combat it is by adopting a “no gifts” policy.

    Yep, you read that right – I ask that others refrain from giving me gifts, and I take pressure off myself to shop. If someone really loves to spend money, then I have a handful of favorite charities and ask the to pick from that “catalog” instead.

    Celebration is an energy, a connection, and can be done beautifully without the need to acquire more things.
    Of course, I recognize that my choice isn’t for everyone…for some, the act of shopping truly brings them joy!

    In that case, your beautiful advice below has a Universal application:

    “When interacting with others, ask yourself what you could do to make their day better.”

    Then we can still bring it full circle to that energy of connection!

    • Hey Sabrina!! I LOVE your “holiday policy” of no gifts! Not only would it eliminate so much stress, but as you say, who needs to “acquire more things”? Love It! Thank you for sharing!! <3

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