O-oh tidings of overwork and stress. Like it or not, the Christmas race had begun. When did a peaceful Christmas season completely disappear? Let’s take it back. For our families, for ourselves, and for the real meaning of Christmas.
Here are some words that won’t kill you:
1. I’m currently in the middle of several projects.
2. I’m unavailable that day.
3. Please ask someone else to take a turn and step up.
4. Thank you so much for thinking of me, but I don’t want to add anything else to my plate.
Here are some gift truths that department stores would rather you didn’t know:
1. You don’t owe anyone a gift. That’s right, nobody. Give to show your love, if gifts are the correct love language for that person.
2. If you choose to gift, only do so within your means.
3. It is perfectly fine to regift something if you think the recipient will like it.
4. Don’t give clutter just to give. Do they want/need that item?
5. One underused trick that needs to come back: Giving a service. (babysitting, help with upcoming taxes, snow removal, organizing, whatever you have to offer.) Your forte may be your friend’s weakness. Know your audience. A lot of people would be so thrilled for such an offer.
Tidings of comfort and joy. If the circumstances don’t reflect the song, question the situation. You will thank yourself. #takingbackChristmas