Tis The Season To Be Jolly?
I was listening to one of my favourite radio talk programs today. The topic of the hour was "do you feel burdened by Christmas?" Much to my amazement the host and the majority of his guests spent the better part of an hour whining and moaning about the problematic nature of the holiday season.
"I hate being with my relatives,"
"Why do I have to spend all this money on presents for people I don't like?"
"There's too much pressure!"
"The traffic in the stores is ridiculous."
It went on and on and on!
Ok, it is a well-known fact that people tend to be more depressed during the holiday season. It can be distressing if you live far away from your family or don't have family and become lonely. However, what I heard today was different. People were just whining! They sounded like young children who were being forced to take the bins out or do the dishes.
Then, it hit me. Those people were suffering from PHLOP!
What is PHLOP (pronounced "flop")? Pre-Holiday Lack of Planning!
It is my own term for describing what causes successful people turn into grinches during the holiday season. Anyone who suffers from PHLOP will experience a range of symptoms that include: anxiety, sleeplessness, irritability, overeating (particularly of chocolate), anger, and irrationality. All of these symptoms cause them to miss out on the genuine joy that should be experienced during the holiday season.
People who suffer from PHLOP get their first dose of anxiety when they begin to consider the enormous list of things to do before the big day. There are cards to be sent (if you still send cards), gifts to be bought and wrapped, parties to be planned, activities to be enjoyed, and all the children's Christmas concerts and graduations. It's enough to give a person indigestion!
Then, add all of the subtasks (e.g., everything that is involved in planning Christmas Day) to the list. By then, a significant case of indigestion and the beginning symptoms of a migraine could occur.
Do you suffer from PHLOP? It's not too late to change things, even for this holiday season! We have three days to go, so it's a great time to decide how do you want to spend them?
I too was suffering a touch of PHLOP this year due to the business of life, company and children, and add to this, flooding of our apartment! But listening to the radio show today made me realise some things.
Can I take a moment to share with you some of these?
Often people will suggest that you view the holidays "through the eyes of a child." To that, I say: "you are missing half of the fun." Yes, it is a good idea to view things as if you were a child, but remember that actions are just as crucial as thoughts.
For example, consider all those holiday television shows and movies you loved to watch as a child. Somehow, you have not found the time to view them for years. Well, this is the time to start that tradition once again. The important thing is to remember to be child-like.
How will you ensure that you take on a juvenile persona for the evening?
Stock up on all those fun things that a child likes to have available while watching a movie. Throw on your comfortable pyjamas, grab a yummy drink, and fill up a bowl with popcorn. Then, settle in with all the goodies and enjoy viewing some Christmas cheer. Now, apply that same principle to all of your holiday-related activities. It's all those little extras that will add joy to the Christmas season.
I realise that there may be some readers who feel that they should have begun their holiday planning and organisation months ago. To those people, I say: "now is the time to be industrious!" Shopping that has been delayed to the last minute can be remedied in several ways. It is too late for online shopping, so try going to the shops at the very beginning or end of the day. Consider purchasing an unusual gift that can be found locally other than a large shopping complex. No matter how chaotic and stressful it seems, this holiday season should serve as a life lesson.
"Tis The Season To Be Jolly!"
The bottom line is: this is the season to be jolly, make merry, and recall the joy that can fill your life. The holiday season is the time to be child-like and have fun. It is a time to overlook life's little irritations and be grateful for all the beautiful aspects of what has been given to you.
I wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah (as my son James says), Happy New Year, and a joyous time no matter what holiday you will be celebrating in the upcoming weeks!
See you soon; I am off to have some fun for the holidays. But please tune back into Cazinc from the 27th December. I have put together some fabulous articles for you to plan for 2018 to make it your most incredible year ever.
Thank you to everyone who has supported Cazinc over 2017. I am not a writer, but I love to share "stuff" that is fun, real, and educational. As I am writing articles, I too am learning. 2017 has been an amazing year for me, especially turning 50 and my holiday to Italy with my gorgeous husband. 2018 looks to be another wonderful year for me, and I hope it is for you too.
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Love to all,
Caz and the Cazinc team.