What do you love about the holiday season?

If you’re anything like me, you’ve received a ton of emails in the past week with all kinds of sales:  Black Friday.  Cyber Monday.  Small business Saturday.  (Who comes up with this stuff???)  You may have also heard people talk about the “Holiday madness” or “Christmas crazy”.  (Words are power, people.  Use them wisely.)  Or  you may have been witness to a meltdown.  In a parking lot, someone losing it over a parking space.  Or a rant online (or in person) about any number of things.

I’ve witnessed all of these things already, and it’s only the beginning of December.
So I’m asking you today, what do you love about the holiday season?
Doesn’t matter what you do, or don’t, celebrate.
What do you love about this time of year?
The fact is – you have a choice.  
You can get caught up in the so-called madness, or you can choose to appreciate what you love.

Me?  I love Christmas lights. And extra-hot, hot chocolate.  Cheesy Christmas music and the hope for snow.  Yes, I have a ton of stuff to do, and I can get lost in that overwhelm, or I can choose to breathe and appreciate the magic that this time of year holds for my children (and for me).
It’s all too easy to fall in line with that person ranting about crazy drivers or the “commercialization” of Christmas, but it’s much for fun to celebrate.  Celebrate the love that surrounds you. 
Redirect your thinking and focus on what you love.

It’s a choice.  Your choice.  Choose wisely.

may you be surrounded by love, laughter and the magic of the season.