“You have got to be kidding me? That line for purchases is out the door.”
“Welcome to … ” the nicely dressed salesperson beckons for you to come spend money in her store.
“Oh that accessory would go so nicely with that sweater. You’re sure you don’t want it?”
” Just one more item and you get one of those (pointing) for half off. ”
These are just some examples of external pressure put on you during the holiday season
“I need to get something for the work party; I’ll just get this. No one will need it or want it, but I am out of time.”
“How do I get to the concert, I have already bought tickets for, and the party that my friends really want me to attend? ”
“I am running out of day, but I have to make my traditional Christmas cookie platters for close friends and neighbors.”
“When am I going to bake goodies for my employees?”
We don’t need the external pressure from the holiday push as there is ample pressure that we put on ourselves .
Something always gets left out; something always gets added. I like my friend’s simplistic approach. Forget shopping. Cards and money work just as well. I’ll add – homemade cookies are a winner.
As you wend your way through the last few days of holidays, take a moment (or even two) to enjoy the smell of chestnuts roasting on an open fire ( a new candle scent), the crunch of new fallen snow under your boots, the fire crackling at midnight when all is calm…………
In other words, don’t get so bogged down by the holiday push, that you don’t enjoy this Holiday Season.