A Quiet Holiday

For tomorrow, I know, all those Who girls and boys
Will wake bright and early.  They’ll rush for their toys!

And then…all the noise!  All the noise, noise, noise, noise!
If there’s one thing I hate…all the noise, noise, noise, noise!

Dr. Suess, How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Sometimes I wonder if the Grinch was right.

All the noise surrounding the holidays has been getting to me this year – even the Christmas music on the radio (anything that’s not decades old immediately annoys me). Commercials, billboards, traffic – all obtrusive reminders that this is a holiday that has become more about gifts (read: stuff) than anything else.

I know that’s not what it’s supposed to be about. We all know that. But then why does Black Friday get worse every year? And why can’t I drive a few miles to a friend’s home without getting stuck for half an hour in shopping traffic?

This year, I’ve been blessed enough to have the week of Christmas off to spend with my family. Some of my most treasured moments so far have been quiet conversations and crafting silently by the fire.

Why should the noise that we’re already bombarded with throughout the year be amplified and even more stressful around the holidays? What happened to that Silent Night?

Christmas Tree

For your sake, and for the sake of your friends, family, and coworkers, take an evening off from the noise of the commercial world. No television, no Pandora or Spotify with their obnoxious ads, no shopping. Try to not even leave the house or log on to Facebook. Have a quiet night at home with your family and read books, or play a game with your kids (although in my house, my parents and brothers and I are anything but quiet when it comes time for board games).

Allow yourself a few moments of refuge from the commercial noise of the holiday season. It’s rejuvenating, and it’s a perfect way to close out the year of madness.

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