I have been hearing more and more from people that they are cutting back this year. Cutting back on the gift list, the over the top dishes to pass at the never ending parties to attend, cutting back on the spending, and cutting back on the stress. I could not be happier to hear this. That might seem like a contradiction from someone selling handmade pottery during the holidays, but I am cutting back as well. I am cutting back on the things that remove the joy from the holidays and adding in more of the things that do bring joy.
Christmas has become such a stressful time for so many. Why do we do this to ourselves? We should be happy and taking time out of our busy lives for one another, yet we show up stressed to the max to events that we may not even want to be at anyway. I have heard from so many that they are so tiered and drained that they cannot even enjoy themselves.
So maybe it’s time to put a stop to all the madness. Have your elf on the shelf write a retirement letter, cut back on the number of people on your shopping list, and say no to a few of the parties. Make the gifts that you do give count. Have them come from the heart. Show up to the few parties happy and relaxed- have fun. If you cannot afford a gift, please don’t put it on a credit card and carry the balance. Make something, think outside of the box, or give your time. If the person receiving the gift does not appreciate your time, then they shouldn’t be on your gift list anyway.
Don’t get me wrong I love Christmas sales. It warms my heart when someone has my work on their wish list. But I also wish for my pottery to bring people joy, and a feeling of warmth, not a feeling of stress on how they are going to pay the bill. I love the holidays, the decorations, the gatherings, I love all of it. I just feel that our society has gotten a little out of hand over the years and it maybe time to scale things back so they can once again be enjoyed.
Please share with me what you are cutting back on to help make the holidays more enjoyable. I wish each and every one of you the happiest of holidays!
Artist and Owner of Off Your Rocker Pottery
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