This Christmas - Donny Hathaway
I love "This Christmas" by Donny Hathoway. I am sure that once you listen you will agree that it is a beautiful song. It reminds me of the holidays, family, and gathering of friends. I think that during the holiday season we all consider the "joy" of the season. But many times that "joy" is wrapped up in spending money, going over budget and contending with the bills when the New Year rolls around. Unfortunately we tend to get wrapped up in making the holidays "special" but I think along the way we may have forgotten the true meaning of the season. If we get back to the basics - celebrating the birth of Jesus with family and spreading love and cheer this season we will be less pressured to make things "perfect." Perfection is a construct that lives in an imaginary place and really why is there a need to strive for something that does not exist?
Personally I have decided to take it easy on myself this year. The shopping is not done but I am keeping it simple and if Christmas rolls around and I am still not done? Well the celebration continues during Kwanzaa and of course reduced prices make shopping that week cost effective.
I believe that this quest for perfection ties into the feeling of being overwhelmed and the depression that many people contend with this time of year. I just wanted to let you know that if you or anyone around you is feeling depressed this holiday season there are resources available to assist you.
I've teamed up with the Parent Bloggers Network to get the word out about the FFDA, a non-profit organization that provides support to people that are feeling overwhelmed. It is so important that we take care of ourselves and if you are in need of help, not just now but at anytime during the year please contact FFDA for the support that you need.