Write a holiday letter. I know, I know, maybe it isn’t your thing. But this life is flying by so fast and a holiday letter will do two things (even if you don’t send it!) –
1. The act of writing about your year will remind you of everything that happened this year. This will make you grateful – perhaps because it really has been a great year or maybe because you can now put this year behind you! Gratefulness is in short supply everywhere, yet research confirms over and over again that gratefulness is a huge contributor to your health and happiness. Get more of it.
2. Writing an annual holiday letter will create a permanent record for the people who come after you. My mother has written a holiday letter for the fifty years. I can look back and track our family’s history by those letters. By writing down a greeting with a few highpoints of your family’s year, you help preserve a heritage. You keep all those memories from being lost in the blur of getting dinner on the table and the kids out the door.
We need to be present. It’s a goal I have had for years but lose track of within minutes of remembering it. We are pressed from all sides with demands, expectations, and sometimes simply basic survival. It is hard not to let these precious minutes, hours, even years slip by unnoticed and uncelebrated. Take a few moments this week to take stock. Write it down. You don’t have to show it to anybody, it doesn’t need to be great writing. It can even be a simple list or a stream-of-consciousness ramble.
Just this week. Stop and reflect before the chaos of Christmas swallows you up. And then send it. Or don’t. (But if you do send it- I’d love to get it! I’ll even send you ours in return. E-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org or snail mail it 1568 Deer Creek Road, New Freedom, PA 17349).
What is living intentionally?
Remember when you were a kid and you broke something or took something that wasn’t yours or said something you shouldn’t have said? When your mother pinned you down on it, your knee-jerk reply was, “I didn’t mean to do it!”
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