Well that statement flies in the face of everything that is happening. In the week of Black Friday, Cyber Monday and pressure to get wish lists out to loved ones, here are a few suggestions to help nurture yourself and your little (or not so little) ones this season.
1. Unplug. Turn off the screen and take a walk after dinner. Don’t listen to the radio in the car. Don’t check Facebook,Twitter or e-mails every second. Step away from Pinterest.
2. Give the children your time. Instead of a trip to the mall, make cookies with your children. Ask a grandparent to share a story of their holidays. Write a silly play or make up riddles or read a book together.
3. Help. Shovel a neighbors side walk. If you don’t have snow, buy some chalk and chalk draw happy messages to friends, neighbors and strangers. Call up the animal shelter and see if they need help. Call a retirement home and see if they need help. Go and do outside your comfort zone to realize that we have so much to be grateful for.
4. Get religion. Go to church. Or Temple. Or the Forest. Whatever invigorates your spirit, make a point of doing it. The more fanfare and candles the better. Or maybe a quiet ski in the woods.
And wait for Winter Festival 2014. (Shameless plug)