the holidays. She reminded me that there is more stimulus in the six week period surrounding Christmas and New Years, than at any other time of the year and it hits you in sight, smell, hearing, taste and even touch. It's a sensory overload crazy time! She explained to me how much additional stress it puts on a person to be on overload like that for extended time periods.
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those pounds we're all certainly about to gain from the overflowing
grocery shelves... cinnamon scented pine cones are giving us headaches
when we walk into the craft stores, and the word "perfection" is being
bandied about like a volleyball. "How to make the perfect pie" "Make the perfect wreath" "Host the perfect party" "Give yourself the perfect manicure"... it goes on and on.
All I can think about is how I just want some peace. I want to sit and read Christmas stories to my kiddos in the evening without having to rush all over the city checking boxes on a to do list. I want to focus on the reason for the season, rather than forcing myself to decorate perfectly... bake perfectly... blog perfectly... look perfectly, blah, blah, blah. It was sure easier when we were kids.
need rest every so often. If you don't get enough of it, you'll get weary... and weary people get discouraged, cranky and bitter. I imagine we need extra doses of it this time of year when our senses are overloaded.
be open to quiet, rather than filling it with noise and chaos. And perhaps, in the peace of that simplicity, the true meaning of CHRISTmas will soothe our weary souls.
How about you... what do you do for peace during this season? I would love to read your thoughts.