So here we are… the day after Christmas. Boxing Day, as we refer to it here in the UK. For an insight into this rather oddly named date, the culturally curious may wish to click here 😉
But I’m not interested in linguistic challenges right now. I’m interested in how you all are managing the transitional period between Christmas and New Year.
Christmas has taken a whole 24 days in coming (earlier if shop decorations are anything to go by!) and took only one day to leave us. Depending on your circumstances, the day may have passed in a delirium of food, sparkles and laughter, or it may have dragged slower than Garfield on a particularly lasagne-free Monday.
Either way, it’s over. And we have 4 whole days to get through before New Year’s Eve…
Our rational heads tell us to spend this time resting (if we are so lucky as to have this time off work), enjoying our presents, spending time with our kids (and the festive TV that is still being churned out!), and eating up the chocolate that our shelves are laden with.
It’s possible however, for the restful potential to get sabotaged by a heightened awareness of all the changes that a New Year can bring. After all, we who have lived lives with frequent transition can develop an increased sensitivity to it… and an impending future can soon cast a shadow over our present.
So are you holding your breath for the start for 2017? Instead of pressing pause until the 1st of January, what do you want to do with the next few days?
What do you want these interim days to feel like? What do you want to experience? Who do you want to spend time with? What books do you want to read? Films to watch? Emails or letters to write?
I want to transition from Christmas to New Years actively, rather than passively. I don’t want to just wait for the next event to happen. I want to make the next few days event-ful. Even if that’s ‘just’ the action of resting 🙂
So, transition experts… how are you managing the next four days? Me? I’m starting with the chocolate… 😉