Our youngest Lucas asked me today, “Dad, what special things are we going to do over Christmas break?” We are not traveling this season so we will have plenty of time with our three kids. For many of us we have quite a bit of time off and history tells me that it can fly by very quickly and be January 2nd before we know it. Has that every happened to you? Here are a few ideas to consider to get the most out of the holidays.
1. Take responsibility for your experience – for many, emotions run a little higher this time of year. You are in control of your feelings and your reactions to that cousin who loves to try to start something every time you get together. Your experience will be dictated by what you chose to focus on. Do not let one little upset ruin the day.
2. Ask don’t tell – you will have a better time at family and holiday functions if you listen more and ask people terrific questions. Ask about their family, goals for 2012 and their highlights of 2011. Everyone’s favorite topic is themselves.
3. Take time to create moments and connect – Lucas is seven so Christmas is extra special as you know. Moments are easy to create. Take the extra time to watch a special Christmas show together or take the time to work on that tough Lego set together. With the older kids and my wife I like to “do something” special, usually outside like a great hike up to the observation tower on the Foothills Parkway in the Smoky Mountains. Start planning some fun things to do together that will create a memory. What will you do?
Have a wonderful Christmas and Holiday Season. I want to thank you for your support this year and hope I am adding value.