Christmas gatherings are a bit like Christmas wrapping. Different colours, shapes, designs, sizes, quality, etc etc. Are you the blue snowflake or the red bauble? Anyway it doesn’t matter.
The point is – families come in many different forms with many different ingredients and as a result Christmas can be one of the most stressful times of the year.
So how do we make sure all the wrapping works all the time for everyone?
A key element is imagination.
Maybe you can adjust your imagination a different outcome for each and every situation – so if/when it occurs, you see it in a different light and are affected in a more positive way.
Let’s think of some.
Snobby Aunt Doris huffs and puffs about your kids creating mayhem around the dinner table, when really they’re just excitedly playing with presents. ‘Old You’ might have fired back with huffs and puffs. The ‘New You’ might imagine all of Aunt Doris’ huffing and puffing is bouncing off the Christmas bauble Super Shield.
Grandpa Joe continually talks with his mouth full, spraying half-eaten pavlova all over your best dress. ‘Old You’ might have got up and stormed off. The ‘New You” might imagine the dress is coated in the best Christmas frankincense that protects every golden thread.
Mamma Wilson is stressed and in everybody’s ‘space’ as the kitchen environment nears ‘war zone’ status in the preparation for Christmas dinner. The ‘Old You’ might punch. That’s right punch! The ‘New You’ will imagine Mamma morphing into the blowfly watching quietly from the rangehood. Internal chuckle. Problem solved.
Enough examples. You get my drift. Step aside from the problem. Imagine a better Christmas and it might happen much easier than you think.
Yes that’s who I will imagine myself as.
Please comment below. Share what situation your imagination is going to conquer this Christmas.
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