Saturday, December 24, 2016

A Holiday Card from Me to You

It's Christmas Eve and I had been thinking all about what I wanted to post. I thought about posting something about the New Year, but for some reason, it just didn't feel right posting about the new year on Christmas Eve. I thought about a Peter Pan Diaries post, but it just didn't feel quite right either. So I figured, why not write a holiday card to you, my readers? 


It's been a fast year. I don't think that I was necessarily ready for the holiday season. It feels like the year of December has been a busy month. I've been dealing with finals while also trying to wrap my head around the fact that it's already December and that the holidays are on their way. The holiday season is the time to be happy. For me, the holidays is a time for everyone to let our inner child roam. It's a time of year where we wake up on Christmas morning, excited to open presents, no matter how old we are. It's a time where we revel in baking cookies and maybe sneaking one more than we should. It's a time to be festive.

This holiday season, I encourage you to live in the moment. I think that sometimes we're just so caught up in everything that is happening that we sometimes forget to stop and smell the roses. The holiday season only comes once a year, so cherish it. At the moment, as I'm writing this, I'm a little bit stressed about everything that I have to do. However, I've noticed that all of the things that I'm thinking about are in the future. I spend so much time stressing about the future that I'm forgetting to enjoy this current moment. I'm thinking about all the packing that I have to do, since I'm leaving for a trip in less than two days and I haven't packed a single thing. I'm thinking about all the content that I need to preschedule. I'm thinking about what I have to do tomorrow, pick up something on the way home, and then I'm thinking about organizing my future social plans. I'm thinking about all these things that I'm neglecting this current moment. And with a time as festive as the holiday season, you don't want to let the time pass you by.

This holiday season, I encourage you to remember that it's not essential for you to Snapchat and Instagram every moment. With all of those cute holiday pictures gracing Instagram, from family photos to Starbucks red cups to photos of besties, sometimes we feel a little pressure to post about our holiday season, just to make sure we let everyone know that we are, indeed, having fun. It's fun to post things on social media about the holidays, but don't stress too much about it. If you didn't post it on social media, it doesn't mean that it didn't happen. In this day and age, we often hide behind our phones at social events and while we're staring at a screen, we're missing the whole world around us. I get it, believe me, it's a habit to always be on your phone. I feel empty without mine. Just remember that you can miss a ton of the world when you're stuck behind your phone, and with the holidays being such a festive time of year, you don't want to miss out on a second of it.

This holiday season, I encourage you to give yourself a gift. It doesn't necessarily have to be a tangible object. but it's nice to #treatyoself sometimes, especially during the holiday season. Maybe splurge on that bag that you've been eyeing or eat an extra slice of cake. Do something for yourself. The holidays are all about giving, so why not give yourself something? We all deserve a treat from time to time, and I don't see a better reason to do something nice for yourself.

This holiday season, I encourage you to enjoy it. It's the most wonderful time of the year! It's okay to be crazy festive, wear your ugly Christmas sweater and matching holiday socks, if there's any time to go all out, it's now. Because at the end of the day, the holidays are about being happy and spreading cheer. So drink, eat, and be merry! As the end of the year is coming to a close, I'm glad that I get to enjoy this holiday with all of you, it truly is all that I want for Christmas.

Love, Rebecca

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