Many of us here at the Wellness Institute are the therapists and healers in our own networks. Since we play that role, we often get this question:
"how can I bring something meaningful to change previously unhealthy holiday get-togethers?"
It's an important question. The holiday season can be an inspiring time of the year that fills our communities and families with happiness, and I look forward to it every year. The parties, the family get-togethers, the sharing, the spirit of love and care that permeates myself and those around me.
But long ago I noticed, as I'm sure many of you have also, that family and work get-togethers can be fraught with anxiety and self-consciousness; especially when gift-giving is a part of it. People become concerned about how to afford gifts, who to buy for, how much to spend, and worrying that their gifts will seem "small" or "less meaningful" at gift swap parties where other people can be more extravagant.
If you think this is a problem in your own holiday times (even if it's not a problem for you, it may be a problem for your less affluent family/peers), then here are some alternate ideas for those parties to make sure everyone has a great experience that's filled with joy and not fraught with anxiety.