One way to maximize the holiday spirit is to expect less and let go more. The reason for the season is to celebrate what and who we love along with the everyday miracles abundant all around us and within us as manifestations of the Universe.
The Holiday season is about much more than modern consumerism might lead us to believe. The celebration of Christ is the celebration of Christ Consciousness: and his universal love of all beings. Hanukkah is a celebration of light, hope and triumph. The Winter Solstice signifies the transition of the sun back into the spring cycle. Kwanzaa is a celebration of family, community, and culture. New Year’s is a time to reflect and vow to create positive change.
Remember who and what you’re grateful for and offer thanks kindly. Let yourself sing, laugh, and dance- nourish your soul with healthy food and slow yourself down by cooking from scratch. Practice random acts of generosity with no attachment to the results. Don’t force yourself into anything. Allow yourself the freedom to opt out of things that don’t fulfill you or give you energy: like mailing cards, shopping for expensive gifts, eating too many treats, attending too many social events and so forth. If you have free time, see how it feels to volunteer.
The core spirit of this season is to act with love and forgiveness. Start with yourself and practice with the others in your life as well.