Christmas is one week away and  I must ask, how are you doing? Fine, yeah I thought so. That is what we tell others as if saying it enough will help us believe it. If I am being honest, I am wavering between feeling like I’ve got this in the bag and then waves of overwhelm mixed with lack of motivation come flooding in.

Does this actually sound more like you during the holiday season? We feel the pressure to find just the right gift, to keep up with food prep and party planning. Add on top of that, trying to do normal life…you know eating well, sleeping and finding time to exercise.

Last week I was reminded of something. It is something that I already know, and I’m guessing you do too. Regardless, I needed to be reminded and I want to share it with you.

The gift of time is so much more precious than any material gift I could give. We remember experiences together far more than we remember gifts that were given. Okay, in all fairness, the year that I received my Cabbage Patch doll was pretty great! But, I think that you get the idea. With a week away from Christmas, I want to focus on time spent together. Because when all is said and done, it really is the only currency that matters!

Take a deep breath my friend. Carve a quiet moment for yourself. You need this and you will be a much happier and productive person if you start by giving yourself this gift. Sip a hot cup of cozy and gaze out the window, flip through a magazine, read a book or spend a little time journaling or in prayer. Whatever you do, don’t pick up that phone or tablet. When that hot cup has warmed you from the inside out, spend 5 minutes prioritizing your day. You will feel calmer, more joyful and approach the day with a clear head. To find this time, you will likely have to get up a little earlier – eeek! I know, it is a sacrifice, but I’m telling you it is so worth it. I get up every morning at 6:15 and it is absolutely worth the 45 minute early wake up call.

By first giving yourself the gift of time, you will be better able to give others the gift of your time. Challenge yourself to be fully present with family & friends over the holidays. All the time would be great, but let’s start with baby steps!

First of all, let yourself off the hook of self imposed perfection. When you do this, all of a sudden there is freedom…so much freedom! And then, try some of the ideas below or add your own.

Gift of Time Ideas

Spend the whole day in your jammies with your family. You can stay home all day, or if you are brave enough go somewhere together like the library, the local cafe or the movies.

Bake cookies together. While my vote is for homemade goodness, I am not opposed to the tube of cookie dough you can buy in the store. This is about time together, right?

Go for a walk in the dark. There is something especially calming about a walk in the moonlight. Fortunately with a sun that sets by 5, there is plenty of time in the evening to do this.

Have a family sleep over by the tree. Yes, even if it is just grownups in the house.

Build a snowman, go tobogganing, make snow angels. I know,at the moment in our little part of the world there is very little snow to be found. It will come…it always does.

Drink hot chocolate on your porch. Bring out a large carafe or your slow cooker with extra. Invite your neighbours who are walking by to stop for a cup.

I think you get the idea! I am also certain that you have some pretty great ideas yourself. Please comment below and share your inspiration with us!

The point is to spend our most valuable resource on each other.

Time is a currency that cannot be bought. Spend it wisely.  

From my family to yours…