Christmas is such a wonderful time of year, as it brings together families, friends, and communities celebrating their appreciation for one another, giving thanks to everything that they do, reminding us of what really matters above all else; love.
Yet, so many us (myself included) find themselves year on year become overwhelmed with the pressures and strains that the festivities bring. There is a mountain of things to be done and all within a short time-frame, all the while trying to maintain our regular routine and responsibilities.
I completely empathise with the notion that Christmas is a magical spectacle that is filled with sparkle to create the regal elegance and traditions we associate with the season. We are living in a consumer world that has us believing that we must have the grandest gifts, food, drink, clothes, decorations and experiences.
In the blogging industry we are somewhat enticed into doing Vlogmas or Blogmas meaning we commit to creating quality entertaining content for every day on the lead up to the big day. It is the time of year whereby so many foodies create endless recipes to impress guests, and travellers go to places far and wide to showcase some of the world’s most dazzling displays of the Christmas feel.
It does feel like if we follow what is said to be the best way to grantee growing our audience or at the very least maintaining the one we have that this results in a Christmas that was meaningful and worth the all effort to make happen.
Though what price do we pay to achieve that ‘perfect’ festive image?
I am not just talking financially (because let’s face it this can run expensive!), I am also referring to the price of our health and wellbeing.
As we delve more into this season, we need to all take a moment each and every day to remember what the true spirit of Christmas is and how that is all we really need to encapsulate in our content over the coming weeks.
We don’t need to jazz anything up, create an image that is unrealistic to our reality, make out as though we are sailing through it all with ease.
We just need to be real with ourselves and stay with what fulfils our happiness and what brings us the most joy in life.
Of course, I will be sharing recipes, gift ideas, and sharing my Christmas experiences with my readers. There is a lot of positive points to be gained from doing so. But I will not be pushing myself unnecessarily to follow the trends and the ideology, when I know what really does matter the most to me and it doesn’t come at the sacrifice of my physical and mental wellbeing.
This message comes from my heart to yours.
As a fellow blogger, avid follower, and as a human being.
Don’t just buy presents, be present.
Surround yourself with the people you love, those that bring you warmth, joy and laughter.
Take yourself offline and be connected to the now.
Have a Happy Christmas xo