Five Things I Did To Make Myself a Merry Christmas

It wasn't all roses and rainbows. I had an asthma attack after a candle's fumes infiltrated all of our clothing and hair and skin - we even had to wash our coats. Then a cashier dropped a bottle of root beer at Giant Eagle at McIntyre Square - we were both drenched and several items in my purse were ruined (soaked), but worst of all Giant Eagle management didn't even offer us a paper towel to wipe off our faces and hands, much less help us. That was a tense moment even though it was an accident. I left three messages for Giant Eagle to little avail. And we had to wash our entire ensemble again, plus shoes this time. Several other small stressors reared their ugly heads, but not to the point that they derailed our overall holiday. Because even as we walked to our car dripping wet and oozing root beer from our sneakers, we talked it out and were just grateful - we had a car, not a long wait for a bus; we had a washer and dryer at home, not a laundromat; our phones weren't soaked, etc. I'm not saying we didn't have some choice words for Giant Eagle management and I will probably repeat them when and if someone ever calls me back. But... better root beer than olive oil, right?

Here's hoping you found a way to use your tools and skills to manage holiday stress and didn't simply "get through it" this year.

And don't forget that the opportunity to feel good about giving extends year round. No resolution necessary.



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