I think it’s safe to say we’re all feeling the holiday hangover. I don’t even mean the overindulgence of cocktails. I’m talking specifically about the emotional and physical toll of the holidays. As exciting as the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is I’m always ready for it to be over. It’s time to get back on track. The holidays are fun while they last but routine helps most of us function better. Time for Santa to hang up his suit and the kids to go back to school. The Elf on the Shelf and the Mensch on the Bench https://themenschonabench.com/ return to their boxes along with all of the other ornaments, lights, and decorations.
Whether you’ve cleaned your house or not there’s no escaping the remnants of the festivities. No vacuum or broom is a match for the elf droppings (aka glitter) from the wrapping paper or the pine needles from the tree. Seeing a glass of eggnog can definitely wait another year, good-bye sweets and hello veggies. Resolutions replace wrapping, and schedules allow for less scheduling. We can now fall into the quietness of winter as we slow our pace a bit.
As I recuperate from the festivities I find the holiday hangover is best remedied by taking inventory of the blessings that have come to pass in the previous year. Exhaustion can’t override feelings of gratitude. I am filled with gratitude that the festivities have come and gone, that the efforts put forth were appreciated, and that a new year is upon us. I look forward to discovering all the reasons to be thankful in the New Year. Before I know it my holiday hangover turns into dreams of untapped possibility of what the coming year will bring.
Cheers to you all in the New Year!!!