Childhood was a truly magical time. Every day was filled with discoveries and ever new adventures. Everything seemed so exciting and so new to the extent that we couldn’t wait to get up in the morning and experience every day anew.
But as we got older, we kind of lost this precious little spark. During Christmas time, for us grown-ups, every single minute seems to be planned out. We are stressed most of the time and keep on worrying – whether it is about the food, the presents, the family, or simply our ongoing everyday obligations.
But Christmas time and the holidays are the ideal time to revive ourselves and become a child again. Do you remember all the years you stayed up, unable to sleep, eagerly looking out for the first signs of Santa? What about the excitement when you opened your Christmas stockings? The times when you woke up your parents on Christmas day at 5 o’clock in the morning? How much time you spent writing Christmas gift wish lists - over and over again. The times when you ate up the entire cookie dough while baking with your mother? Or when you scrounged cookies from the warm baking tray? Or the Christmassy scent of cinnamon and oranges that could be smelled throughout the house?
I ask you to slow down for a moment. Take some time and think about all your lovely Christmas and childhood memories. This is where we all need to find ourselves once again. So go on - start right now on your path to becoming a child again and enjoy Christmas like it was actually intended to be – fun and free of all worries
Enjoy the time with your loved ones. This is the time of the year when you should enjoy the company of your family and friends. So make the best out of it and don’t think too much. Just enjoy and relax.
Let things go. Do you have any obligations? Like a Christmas business party or some work you still have to do? Just let it go for the time being. Everyone will understand.
Do what you love. Think about what you would really like to do: whether you like to bake cookies, play games or read a good book. What about a snowball fight or building a snowman with your kids? (Actually there is no need to have kids for thatJ). Maybe going out for dinner or snuggling in on the sofa. Maybe even buy yourself a present for once. So go on: Do whatever you like and what feels good for you.
Smile & enjoy yourself. Try being genuinely happy and having a good time. The worries might come back – sooner or later. For the time being try to concentrate on you, your family and what is important for you. And nothing else.
Keep the excitement. Capture this newly discovered excitement of your childhood in your heart and keep it there. Trust me: This will make big difference in your life.
Try to live everyday like a child again: Get your excitement back, because life is definitely full of discovery and new adventure. Especially when it comes to the things you do every day. You just have to learn to see it again.
I wish you and your family a truly magical Christmas!
May your holiday be filled with lots of happiness, excitement and love…and lots of presents – and don’t forget to rip them open with the same excitement you had as a kid.
Lots of love