‘Tis the season to be jolly. Shopping, planning and preparing menu after menu for that special Christmas meal, with family and friends.
Hurry, hurry, let’s get it done – no time to waste.
Reaching the actual Christmas days – we can be – if we allow it – exhausted by the frenzy of preparations. Where’s the joy in that?
Retailers are much to blame. Thrusting one ‘holiday’ at us before another has ended, or has even been celebrated, can be aggravating. Their marketing and greed can take away the joy.
Some years ago, I worked with a particular gentleman, who always rushed. He’d say, “I’ve got a lot to do, got to get on with it.” He was very community orientated, and so, had a certain image to maintain. He tired everyone around him with his constant blur of activity.
One year, his daughter gave him a gift. It was – if I remember correctly – a turtle, that emitted the Simon and Garfunkel song, Slow Down, Don’t Move So Fast. You’ve Gotta Make the Moment Last……………….. It was hilarious to watch his expression on hearing it. He truly appreciated it. But it didn’t change his pace one bit.
So, with Christmas fast-approaching – don’t let the retailers steal your joy. Make each moment of preparation last long enough to become a happy memory.
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