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The Holidays are Upon Us

By November 1, 2013Blogs

The holiday season is upon us and if you’re anything like me, you’ve already begun preparations. The season moves swiftly beginning with Thanksgiving.  Though it doesn’t actually happen until the end of the month, planning ensues just as November begins. December arrives almost immediately, bringing with it a slew of more holidays straight through the New Year. It’s so exciting to think of all the wonderful festivities and shared moments with family and friends! At the same time, it can be overwhelming. Holidays often bring a mixture of joy and apprehension for many of us.
As much as there is to look forward to, there are also many stressors.  For many, worry and anticipation begin long before the day of thanks. Perhaps you’re the one hosting an event, extending invitations, helping family with travel arrangements, and cleaning up afterwards. Or perhaps you’re the one doing the traveling. Thanksgiving is the busiest travel time of the year, and if you have children, it probably feels at least twice as busy! Some people worry about what food they will eat and whether they should stick to their diet (or start one). Others worry about family interactions and how well everyone will get along. If your relationship with your family has some rough edges, it can be stressful to think about being in the same room for a whole day. Even so, it can be just as hard to think about leaving them again to head back home.
The holiday season can trigger a mixture of emotions, both positive and negative. No matter what your situation is, or how stressed you feel by impending decisions and dilemmas, you’re alive and in a position to make choices. If you’re overwhelmed by the choices available to you, take a minute to reflect on those who may have fewer or no choices available. Sentiment and gratitude are really what’s at the heart around the holidays. To help those less fortunate, you may even want to volunteer time or donate food to support the true meaning of the holidays. Find out how at