The Christmas break is starting very, very soon and I can’t wait.
I’ve been multitasking this whole autumn, and it will be so nice to have time off, and be able to focus on a few things instead of everything at once.
Christmas might just be my favorite time of the year. You get to decorate everywhere with sparkle and fairy lights, hang out with family and eat delicious food.
“Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.”
That being said, I have a tendency of spending my holidays on mindless TV watching while binge eating on the couch (it’s not Christmas if I don’t have a Pride and Prejudice marathon with leftovers). Then comes the regret, the chocolate-bloat-hangover.
It makes for a depressing New Year’s and month of January, to feel like you were that careless with your precious time.
For these reasons, this year I’ve decided to do a bit of planning for Christmas break.
I want to take some time to look back on the past year and to plan ahead for the next one. I also want to enjoy some well deserved lazy time, but not in excess so that it becomes unenjoyable.
I decided to divide my break into three main themes.
- For all that was
- For all that is
- For all that will be
So here it goes: my Christmas break plan:
1) FOR ALL THAT WAS – TYING UP LOOSE ENDS
When I’m starting off the holidays, and I finally have some free time, it always seems like a good idea to do some cleaning and organizing. When I’ve been busy, my apartment’s a mess, and there’s always a bunch of papers to go through.
It feels great to start off a new year with a clean plate – and a clean apartment.
Another tradition of mine at the end of a year is to look back on the memories. I like to go through pictures, put some new ones in frames, and write in my diary.
2017 has been so amazing. Especially going to Japan and Greece for the first time is something I will never forget. Also, I finally started a blog (!) which is a dream come true.
2) FOR ALL THAT IS – HAPPY RIGHT NOW
Like I said, it’s not Christmas if I don’t have a Pride and Prejudice marathon with leftovers.
The same goes for Harry Potter – I have to read at least a couple of the books over the holidays, immerse myself in the candlelit world of Hogwarts, to get that warm, fuzzy feeling.
I will definitely take at least Christmas Eve and Christmas Day completely off from all work, and just enjoy these annual traditions, both personal and family ones, guilt-free.
I want to…
- sleep in a couple of mornings and be okay with that it’s 10 am and I’m still in bed
- gaze at the Christmas tree in the corner with the dog in my arms
- eat all the chocolate and gingerbread cookies I want, but stop when I’m full
- read books I’ve read 50 times already, just because I love them so much
- play with my 2-year-old nephew
- not care about what I might be missing on social media
Most of all, I want to feel happy, content, just being in the moment. Instead of my normal state of mind, where I am always trying to get better, working on the next task, pushing myself.
I don’t know if all of this is too much to ask for. Maybe. But having it written down like this makes me think I have a good chance of spending this year’s Christmas more intentionally. You know, with balance.
3) FOR ALL THAT WILL BE – CREATING MY FUTURE
Especially when New Year’s Eve gets nearer, I like to take some time to plan the year ahead.
It’s gonna be 2018. Ugh. While a part of me is always excited and inspired at the prospect of A Brand New Year, there is something stressful about realizing how fast time goes by.
Something that’s definitely been happening throughout my 20s is having diminishing amounts of time, which of course makes it so much more precious and important.
I always feel better when I have a goal.
When I know what I want, and I am working for it, time doesn’t pass by in the same way.
For next year, my biggest goal is progress. I want new things in my life:
- I want to find a new apartment
- I want to find a new job
- I want to travel to a new country
- I want to start a new hobby (although I don’t know what)
Those things might seem like a lot (and they are) but I’m gonna narrow my goals down to 10, and then really make sure to focus on them. Who knows where I’ll be, what my life will be like, a year from now?
“Failing to plan is planning to fail.”
When you have a plan, there’s nothing you can’t do. That is true both for planning a full year, as well as when you’re planning for Christmas break.
And with that thought, I would like to wish you a happy month of December!