Hello, December. You’ve arrived, ahead of my internal schedule, yet again, this year. You put a lot of stress on regular folks, you know? We are all cranked up, trying to get the perfect gifts for friends and family and co-workers and neighbors and Secret Santa and the mailman and the dog groomer and the hairdresser . . . We are decking our halls like we’re preparing for the Rockettes to enter from Stage Right. We are exhausted and exasperated that we might not be feeling the holiday spirit quite like we should.
While it might be “the most wonderful time of the year,” December puts us under some serious stress. We want to make sure we don’t miss any of the goodness it promises, so we rush around madly and overschedule ourselves to the point of absurdity. I propose we change our approach to the season – let’s spread the comfort and joy out over the whole year, instead of trying to pack all of our family-loving, gift-giving, wassail-quaffing, community-singing festivities into a few short weeks in December.
Sure, this is the time to break out the cookie recipes and tacky – um beautiful – tinsel and sparkly lights, but there are loads of days in the year to show our friends, family, and community that they matter to us. There are plenty of days in the year to enjoy a lovely dinner, a homemade cookie, even a festive decoration or two.
There is no rule that says “No Celebrating” in the other eleven calendar months.
In the spirit of the holidays and to encourage us to be joyful every day, and because I like making up silly words from time to time, here’s my freshly minted good wishes word – joydinary.
May you find something joydinary in every day!