Haul out the holly: It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is over and we are thrown headlong into the Christmas rush, starting with the midnight runs to the stores on Thanksgiving night. The shopping, baking, wrapping, decorating and holiday partying continues until “jingle bells” turn into “jingle bills”.
When we had young kids in the house, the holidays were all about them. The shopping, baking and wrapping all seemed worthwhile when we saw their faces very early on Christmas morning after Santa Claus had made his visit.
But now that the kids are grown the hustle and bustle is not quite the same as it used to be. As the song says: I’ve grown a little sadder, I’ve grown a little older….I need a little Christmas now. What better time to reach out to family and friends, to make that connection with the people you love.
Our parents have said that the hardest thing for them to see as they got older was the loss of so many friends. According to AARP the largest demographic on Facebook is now women 55 years and older. That social connection is very important as we age. So take a little time this season to renew an old friendship, call someone you haven’t talked to in a while, have dinner with friends. Take time to relax and enjoy some of the holiday spirit.