Then, it happens and the thoughts change too, “I GOTTA GET OUTTA HERE”! I think going home is the ultimate test in travel. If you can keep a smile on your face through screaming nieces and nephews crying over what santa didn’t bring them then you can climb Machu Picchu. If you can keep a smile on your face while your parents creatively criticize your life choices then you can handle Antarica’s wind chill. If you can keep a smile on your vegetarian face as you pick through what has been so stressfully prepared for you without looking like an ass hole then you can take on a big ol’ US road trip…. Through Texas. If you can enjoy being home for the holidays you can do anything.
Okay, okay I’m exaggerating a little bit. For some people going home is the best, for others it’s a little more challenging, but challenge or no challenge it’s a blessing. It’s a blessing to have a home and a family. I’ve spend the holidays with my chosen family, I’ve taken advantage of the cheap flights that leave Christmas day to Costa Rica and it was great don’t get me wrong, but there is nothing like the whole family opening our stockings and acting surprised to see the life savers Christmas book and socks. It’s those moments I remember how much I love my crazy family.
So, here’s the goal (we only have a few days left)…….
Let’s leave home just as, or more, relaxed and happy as when we got there.
Here are a few things that might help us out
Go to your happy place: Maybe it’s a trail you always run, a coffee shop, or an attic that can still act as a fort. My happy place is my yoga studio. Yesterday I timed out my 2 hour drive to arrive in my hometown just in time for class. Ahhh
Breathe: alternate nostril breathing balances both sides of the brain and calms the nervous system. Close your right nostril with your thumb and take a long slow inhale through your left nostril. keeping the right nostril closed with your thumb, close your left nostril with your ring finger and hold the breath for a moment. Release the thumb and slowly exhale through the right nostril leaving the left closed. Again, close both sides and hold at the bottom. Repeat switching sides; inhale through the right nostril, hold, exhale through the left, hold. Allow your breaths to get deeper and longer.
If all that hurts your brain just take 3 of your deepest breaths.
Tell them what they want to hear: It seems Christmas always gets me fired up on the worlds injustices; materialism, slavery, corporations, plastic. If you also have these thoughts I suggest not sharing them while everyone is opening their presents. Maybe next year suggest drawing names for gift giving, but in the meantime just say Thank You.
Give Back: See if there is anything you can do in the community to give back as a family. Go to a soup kitchen or sponsor a family. Participate in the Sandy Hook Elementary worldwide virtual vigil. Gather your loved ones, light a candle, take a photo, and upload it to the page so CT can see their support from all over the world. You can join here: http://www.facebook.com/events/477426462295711/
Share Gratitude: before the meal have everyone share what they’re grateful for. Lead the way!
Get Perspective: You’re not going to have each other forever. Cherish.
Wish you and your loved ones a fabulous holiday, a joyous time at home, and big dreams of adventures in 2013 (like camp LLYOV!)