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When I walked into Walmart a couple of weeks ago to get Halloween candy and passed Christmas trees and lights, I shook my head in disgust.
I remember once upon a time when the (retail) Christmas season began the day after Thanksgiving.
(And I still felt I was being rushed.)
It’s not that I’m a Scrooge or am anti-Christmas, at all — it’s just that there’s so. much. pressure. during the holiday season and it seems to start earlier and earlier each year.
Last year, I launched #slowholidays, a social-media-based project to help me and others slow down and enjoy the simple moments with loved ones, to remind ourselves that racing around and being stressed is not what the holidays are about (regardless of your spiritual beliefs).
And this weekend, as Christmas carols took over yet another of my favorite radio stations, I decided that it is time to officially kick off the (slow) holiday season.
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The Slow Holidays Rules: There are none.
This project is about slowing down and enjoying the holidays in whatever way works for you.
The point is not to get angry and fight against the retail and Martha Stewart induced Christmas machine, but to remember that we can take a breath and turn our attention to the people we love and the experiences that can not be bought or sold. And to capture these moments as unobtrusively as possible, while we remind ourselves that we get to choose how we want to experience the holidays.
What do you think? Are you ready to kick off YOUR slow holiday season with me?
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