The greatest gift you can give yourself this Christmas

Before you move on to the fun part of this blog and read the section ‘The Things Kids Say At Christmas’, I have a question for you.

Have you ever wondered what would be the greatest gift you could give yourself for Christmas? Even though many of us, including myself, would love The Ultimate Walking Buzz Lightyear there’s actually something that would give us all some comfort and joy.

According to a recent survey Brits consider this the most stressful time of the year, with 12% saying they’d like to skip it altogether. So, I have four Achievement Thinking strategies you can do that will hopefully give you a little happiness over the festive period.

1) Don’t aim for perfection

Your family and friends are coming to see each other and enjoy each other’s company, nobody will be checking the house and garden and giving you marks for the most perfect abode. Tidy up by all means, sort whatever you need to sort but don’t get stressed if you don’t finish before Christmas. It doesn’t really matter.

2) Say ‘no’

If there’s something you really don’t want to do, or you feel put upon, or you’re feeling overwhelmed, or you think you’ll overstretch yourself, then politely say ‘no’. I know that can be difficult to do in some circumstances, you’ll have to play this one by ear.

3) Do you really have to do everything? 

If you’re the host of a gathering it’s easy to tire yourself out trying to keep the party flowing smoothly. You just seem to go from task to task while family and friends chat and enjoy each other’s company. Why not politely delegate some or most of the tasks. People are happy to help.

4) Think about ONE thing that will make you feel good

What would that be? A family gathering? A special present? Being with a special person? Choose that one thing and invest your time and energy in that.

Having said all that, I suppose the greatest gift you could give yourself this Christmas would probably be… a little time to yourself. Imagine that :)

The things kids say at Christmas

For many of us Christmas is all about family and in particular children. I love kids, specifically between the ages of five and seven, as they’re just about getting a grasp of how the world works and yet haven’t quite got it right, which makes them so entertaining. Here’s a collection of letters to God that I’ve collected, so warm up your chuckle muscles and enjoy:

They all start “Dear God,”

“I bet it is very hard for you to love all of everybody in the whole world. There are only four people in our family and I can never do it.” – Ivan

“If we come back as something, please don’t let me be Jennifer Horton because I hate her.” – Denise

“Maybe Cain and Abel would not kill each as much if they had their own rooms. It works with my brother.” – Larry

“If you give me a genie lamp like Aladdin I will give you anything you want except my money or my chess set.” – Rachael

“We read Thomas Edison made light. But in Sunday school they said you did it. So I bet he stoled your idea.” – Donna

And my favourite:

“Thank you for the baby brother but what I prayed for was a puppy.” – Joyce

And talking of puppies, here’s a thought of my own for you to ponder.

It’s said that this is the season of good will. In my humble opinion, good will is just like a puppy, it’s not just for Christmas… it’s for life.