With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, the worst thing that could happen would be someone coming down with a stomach flu. Or could there be a silver lining in that unwelcome event? Margaret Jane explains…
I love to be social. I love parties and my kids love parties. Therefore, the holidays are lots of fun. We love the hustle and bustle and all the “holiday cheer.” Or perhaps, I should say we loved all that stuff. This year was the first year I ever felt the holiday “stress” that many people talk about at the holidays. I watched my calendar fill with activities and my bank account empty with expenses.
In the midst of this, I still thought it would be a good idea to plan a party at my house. Now, I love to host a good party, but as the day drew closer I started to stress out and really not look forward to the party (oh did I mention we were invited to two birthday parties the same weekend!)
Then, Friday came and my son started to throw up. “Oh no,” I thought, “we will have to cancel our party.” Disappointed, I sent out cancel notices to friends and family and let the birthday boy know we could not come to his party. Then I had another thought, “Now that we have canceled the party I won’t have to clean the house, make the food or get the kids presentable enough for a party.”
Saturday, (party day) we spent the day doing family things. My boys went with their dad to pick out a birthday present for me, I stayed home and did laundry and we had a nice quiet dinner that night. It was a perfect day in the midst of all the holiday chaos. The lesson, maybe less really is more. There are so many fun opportunities during the holidays. So many parties, gatherings and fun things to do it can be tempting to do them all, but at what cost? Too many fun things can start to feel like obligations, and put a serious dent in the credit card.
For our family, our little stomach bug was a blessing in disguise. We had a nice day and it taught me a lesson I’ll try to remember…we don’t have to do it all, even if it all sounds fun. Even though I know the holiday season is almost over, maybe you can use our family’s experience to bless your family. I challenge you to eliminate one thing off your to-do list. The world won’t end if you do, and you just might be a lot happier and less stressed heading into the last few days of the holiday season.
– Margaret Jane