Ok, so we all made it through the first big holiday. And you either dove in or avoided the malls on Black Friday. You’re safe! Only a few more to go, right?
It always seems like the end of the year speeds up. December just is such a competitive time with holiday celebrations and pageants and cocktail parties. There’s never enough time and I don’tk now about you, but every year I say to myself: This year’s going to be different. This year I am going to be organized…and then somehow it’s all of the sudden the 24th….and I say: next year…..
Does any of this ring a bell? You are not alone. And here are some of my favorite tips to remind you to keep your sense of humor this December, whatever you celebrate!
I have coached a LOT of people through the holidays.
The holiday season can be tough for so many people.
Here are a couple of tips that I have used and that I “preach” to the people I care about in my life.
1. Hallmark is not a real place or a real family.
2. Norman Rockwall, while he was a great illustrator and artist, is dead.
(He painted an “ideal, made up image of American”)
3. No one is really having all the fun that is portrayed in the commercials.
Those are actors who are trying to get you to go spend your money on a sweater for mom or a tie for dad.
4. There is no such thing as a “normal” family. Normal is really just a setting on a washing machine.
5. Try to laugh, no matter what. If your expectations are met or are NOT met, it’s ok to laugh.
6. I try to look at this whole holiday season as an opportunity for more comedy material. This perspective has really helped me lower my unconscious expectations; and reduced my upsets.
7. One of the definitions of love is accepting someone exactly as they are and as they are not. It’s so simple yet can be very profound to come from this place.
Please know that I am sending you a big hug and lots of love.
I appreciate you for being one of my readers.
I wish you a peaceful and fun holiday however you celebrate it,
Dysfunctional Family Comedic Expert
Dysfunctional Dating Magnet