December has arrived. So many of us struggle in the Holiday season with the increase in activity, visitors, schedules etc. It can be a really tough time. One of the things I have learned in this journey, and truly try to practice, is remembering to say no. I struggled with this for a long time and now understand how important it is, for you and for your family! It doesn’t make you a “bad guy” and you will still be accepted and loved by those that truly matter.
Make the moments matter, do the things that work for your family. There really is no right or wrong, just what is best for you. Our son loves to be in the car and look at the lights around town. He isn’t that into the large crowds and loud sounds, so we skip that. He loves ice skating, but prefers it in daytime and when it is not as busy, so we try for morning weekdays. Making the modifications that work for your family will help to assure more happy moments.
This is the letter I wrote years ago to my friends and family, I share it every year because it is such a help to me , I hope it may help you as well. Feel free to edit as you need.
We will have a lot of great articles this month for you along with a calendar that is full of ideas.
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Wishing you moments that matter and a peaceful Holiday Season.
With Gratitude and Commitment,