I’ve always enjoyed the few days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Everything slows down and is quieter and more peaceful. I love the lights and decorations, but I’m always anxious to “put Christmas away”. When my environment is cleared out, so is my mind and my life.
It’s a time to reminisce about the past few days, delight in the moments that were exciting and fun – and digest those moments that were a little less so. . .
I used to beat myself up over those times when I allowed myself to get pulled into the chaos – when I reacted before I thought about the consequences of my behavior. I had one of those moments this year. I’m not proud of it, but I know it’s a learning experience that I will tuck away and use again. I was not able to use the techniques I know work to slow my life down enough so I can handle such situations the way I would prefer. (Note to self: FIND a way to do those things!)
I also use these days to renew my own energy. Even though I don’t get caught up in a lot of the holiday madness, there are still added stressors that can’t be avoided. I handled those OK. Now it’s time to rejuvenate.
Most of all, I just enjoy the peace and quiet of coming back to a routine that provides safety and order to life. It’s another exercise in living in the moment.