BY CHELSEA RICCHIO
Originally published on Healthy Minds Canada and Tumblr in December 2014
Ah, the holidays.
For some it’s the best time of the year; for others it’s their worst nightmare. It’s more than just the crowded stores, long lines, and expenses of gifts and parties. It’s judgmental family members, people you haven’t seen in a year (or longer), memories of holidays past, and the feeling of being alone if you’re one of the few who don’t have any of those things to worry about. For some of us, the coming of the holiday season just means we start holding our breath, trying to brace ourselves for what we believe is to come.
I’ve become one of those people, but I remember what it felt like to have holiday spirit. I used to call myself the Christmas Fairy. What I remember most is the ability that I had to make other people feel better, if only for a few moments. Genuine enthusiasm and joy is infectious, and at its core the holiday season is really about showing your appreciation for others. Continue reading