Keeping It Real Through The Holidays From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Welcome to Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power and welcome to the beginning of our “Keeping it Real through the Holidays” series. I’m so glad you could make it today. Grab your coffee or favorite beverage and come on in.

I thought this would be a great thing to talk about, since the holiday season is fast approaching. Of course, the stores started it the day after Halloween, but I won’t even go there right now 🙂 The main intent of this series is for us all to keep it real, as stress free as possible, and that is possible, so I hope that what I share with you will splash a bit of perspective for you on the season and how and why you celebrate it.

So let’s talk a little bit about this Christmas stuff. How many of you like to be lied to? Come on, don’t you? Well, I’d confess that that is one of my largest pet peeves, to be lied to; therefore it stands to reason that I can’t lie to any of you, especially considering all I’ve learned after researching this topic.

Back in September when we were talking about putting together another workshop, the title, “Keeping it Real through the Holidays” just flowed right out of my mouth as easy as one reaches over and turns on the water. I thought: oh, this will be fun. We’ll talk about traditions, favorite Christmas memories with the kids, favorite gifts to give, to receive, and ways to give gifts from the heart, not the pocket, and decorating ideas.

Speaking of decorating, I’ve managed to take that to a pretty high realm, even hosting an annual “Deck the Lepins’ Halls” decorating party — and I do mean decorate every hall and room — that is until two Christmases ago when I landed in the hospital while others were decorating my house, eating the yummy food I had prepared and fellow-shipping without me. You talk about stressed!

And gift giving, well, I could literally use my typical gift list as crown molding around my entire house, and trust me, you wouldn’t see much paper in between the ink. I loved to buy, buy, buy. I mean, it wasn’t just for the kids, and my friends’ kids, immediate family, but I even bought for exes, for most of my closer friends, their parents, the baristas at Starbucks, the tellers at the bank, the girls from Postal Annex, my dogs’ groomers Holly Woof-Woof, my nail person, my hair stylist, my estetician, my neighbors, blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. Seriously, that’s how over the top I was in that area.

And then because I was a single parent for so many years of my son’s life, I would buy stuff that I knew would wind up not being used, just for the sake of having a grip of stuff under the tree to show him how much I loved him. Come on, have you ever done that? After all, the fuller the tree, the more the love, right? Oh, sure, my heart was in the right place, or so I thought.

Now, because of all the research I’ve done for the workshop we did put on in November, I have to tell you, from now on, Christmas will never be the same, and that’s actually a good thing.

Join me tomorrow as we continue in this fun and insightful series . . .



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