This Christmas Day marks the 101st anniversary of the legendary Christmas Truce of 1914. World War I had been underway for nearly five months when British and German troops chose of their own accord to defy orders and declared a truce with one another, because it was Christmas. It began on Christmas Eve late at night as both sides dug vigilantly in their trenches, clutching their weapons, when the soft sound of carols began to move faintly through the cold winter air:
“Silent night, holy night. All is calm, all is bright.”
The holidays can be a fun-filled time for many, but for some the idea of participating in the merriment of holiday festivities, whether at work, at family gatherings, or other social events can trigger a reindeer in the headlights response. The idea of having to make small talk with strangers, fielding intrusive questions from extended family members about your relationship status, wondering how other people are silently judging you and whether your ugly sweater is ugly enough not to be mistaken for unfortunate fashion sense. These thoughts often create feelings of anxiety, which can be a real humbug.
Here are four ways to approach merry making with mindfulness:
A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite classic Christmas movies. Part of me just loves cranky old Ebenezer Scrooge and all his bah humbug grumpiness. I’ve found that in spite of my best efforts to soak up all the Christmas joy each year, it’s easy for my perspective to shift from excited to go gift shopping to feeling financially burdened and stressed about finding the perfect gift for everyone. And from thrilled to attend holiday parties and enjoy time with friends to feeling overwhelmed, over-booked, and just plain exhausted. As I get older, it becomes harder and harder to embrace the magic of the holiday season with childlike wonder and joy…
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