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Forget the Drama and Get into the True Holiday Spirit

By Danielle Serrano
 
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As the holiday season approaches, it’s important to remember what the season is really about.

Call me a cheese ball, but I want nothing for Christmas but to be around people I care about -- the people who make life worth living all year round (and maybe even make me a little crazy all year).

I think this is true for most people, but that many of us get so stressed and caught up in the consumerism of the holidays that it’s hard to remember.

If living in Asia -- away from everyone and everything familiar -- has taught me one thing, it’s gratefulness. In America, most people have so much to be grateful for.

Sure, there’s the 99 percent vs. the 1 percent mentality of the occupy movement, on top of a slew of other things to be angry and protest about. Right now however, is the season to focus on the positive and spread cheer.

It’s easy to get caught up in consumerism all year around, but especially around the holidays. Heck, you can barely go for a walk, turn on the radio or TV during December without being reminded of your obligation to buy something to prove your love for someone.

So often we get caught up in eyeing what others have, we become blind to how much we have. This holiday season, let’s try to focus on what really matters to us, and forget about the materialism and consumerism that has taken hold of our holiday.

Biologically, humans need love and compassion more than the latest gadget, which will probably grow obsolete in less than a decade anyway!

A few tips on how to get into the holiday spirit and keep the stress away:

Give:
‘Tis the season of giving. Studies show that giving and helping others has a handful of health benefits. Learn more from my October article, “Increase Health by Helping Others.” Giving doesn’t mean buying. You can give your time to volunteer at a soup kitchen, your ear to listen or your shoulder to cry on.

Sing:
Everyone knows Christmas songs! Making your own rendition with friends can be even more fun than just singing along.

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springs Blogger

This article hits the nail on the head.  It is not the presents and the commercialism that makes it Christmas.  Having good health, and if you are fortunate enough to have family near, to have a gathering is what it is all about.  Being thankful!!  Having battled and WON with thyroid cancer my Christmas thinking has changed.  I removed so much of the stress and I just enjoy my family. Merry Christmas to all! Elaine

December 15, 2011 - 5:33pm
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I enjoyed this post. Music and singing have always been a huge part of the holidays for me. It brings back so many good memories. :~) Robin

December 15, 2011 - 2:21pm
Haralee Blogger

Nice Post. Happy Holidays!

December 12, 2011 - 10:31am
befitwithkristen

Very inspiring.  The past few months I have taken the time to stop and re-evaluate what is really important in life.  I have a family member battling cancer and it makes me realize that I don't have it all that bad because I still have my health, my family and my friends.  I have learned to forgive others, be thankful for what I have and to give what I can to those in need.  Maybe its time I sing!  ;)  Happy Holidays!

December 12, 2011 - 10:17am
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