A sense of humor is so very necessary during the holidays.  If we can’t laugh at the absurdity of it all, we’ll be crushed by the insanity.  That’s why I love David Sedaris.  Ironic, sarcastic, and yet so very, very funny because it’s outrageous and at the same time it’s all true. Not that I would fire all the fiction writers out there, but with real life going on, who needs comedy?  🙂

Right now there is so much rushing around, hectic shopping, parties, family, holiday arrangements, travel, last-minute decorating…there doesn’t seem to be time to enjoy any of it because you’re on to the next thing.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  Slow down.  Think consciously about what is on your plate and stop for a moment to consider if you actually have to do everything or do you have to do it in this particular way. Do you have to wear yourself out getting everything done, do you have to be miserable because just getting it done leaves nothing for enjoyment, do you have to use up every dime of credit you have in order to make a successful holiday, or can you do things different?

This year, consider what you do for the holidays.  Make conscious choices about what you do, who you spend time with, and where you go.  Value yourself as a precious resource and spend your time and effort wisely.  Spending time doing the things that truly make you and your loved ones happy instead of spending it driving, shopping, or crazily wrapping and shipping things will make for a much better holiday.  And remember, when crazy happens, and at this time of year it’s a given, if you aren’t crazy yourself, see the absurdity in it and laugh.  It’s the best antidote for crazy that there is.