How To Use Gratitude To Make Your Christmas Rock

What is it about Christmas that can leave us all feeling so wrung out? The stress of making sure we have presents for everyone; that no-one is forgotten from our card list; that we’ve got all the ingredients in the fridge and cupboard to delight our houseful of guests; that we’ve enough money in our bank accounts, or credit cards to pay for it all?

That we’ll get to travel in the worst of snowy conditions?

So much for peace on earth.

Instead of obsessing about creating your own myth of the perfect Christmas – which, let’s face it, will only leave you disappointed – why not be present to the moment, and enjoy the Christmas you’re having instead?

One of the best ways to snap out of the frenzy is to stop everything you’re doing for a moment and to take stock of all that you’re grateful for.

This year I’m grateful for lots

In the face of a stuttering economy, I have had a steady supply of work, and some awesome clients. I can’t name you, but you know who you are. I love that when you work with me, you turn up to the work and that between us magical stuff happens. For the pleasure of being with you and watching you grow I am grateful.

For the energy I’ve had to keep developing this blog and for the readers who’ve come to it time and time again, I am grateful. Your presence has helped it grow. Your on- and off-line input and feedback has helped shape it.

For my fellow bloggers whose friendship and support I’ve valued for itself, and in the marketing and techie aspects of the site, I am grateful.

2010 has been a good year.

Gratitude rocks

Gratitude brings us back to ourselves; to what’s important. In being grateful our focus shifts from what we don’t have, or what’s not right, to what we do have and what is just fine. Gratitude energizes us, it allows us to sparkle and to zing. It’s part of the real magic of Christmas.

So, if you’re feeling stressed out over this festive time, remember to pay attention to what’s good in your life and give thanks for it. Engage gratitude to make your Christmas rock.

On that note, I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. The site’s taking a break over the holidays, but will be back early New Year.

Photo credit: Steven Durbin Photography

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  1. Is it me or is your snow falling in the other direction today?
    Thanks for writing such a great blog that keeps me asking lots of “interesting” questions on a very regular basis.
    The Christmas madness is in full swing and I find it hard to be around. Its like bees swarming… Anyway Merry Christmas and enjoy your break.

    • Hey, Tim. I think the snow can be a little British – depends what way the wind is blowing to know how it will fall :)

      Seriously, thanks for being here and being such a regular reader and contributor and brilliant friend too. I’m glad if the blog makes you think from time to time and adds something of value to your development.

      I hope you have a lovely Christmas, doing whatever allows you to feel best about yourself. Hope too that 2011 will be a good year for you.

  2. El Edwards says:

    Happy Christmas Christine! :)

    It’s been wonderful to meet you and get to know you over the past few months my friend. I can’t wait to see what 2011 brings us (and of course what we bring to it!)

    Have a fabulous festive season and enjoy the break.
    Love El xx
    .-= El Edwards´s last blog ..Don’t eat the yellow snow! And other Christmas wisdom =-.

    • Merry Christmas to you too, El! :D

      Great to get to get to know you too this year. Thanks for your fab friendship and support. We’re going to rock 2011, I’m sure!

      Hope you have a wonderful Santa season.

      Love C xxxxx

  3. Merry Christmas Christine.

    You’re an inspriation to me and I can’t wait to work with you more in 2011
    .-= Ben´s last blog ..Do you want to make 2011 your best year yet =-.

    • Merry Christmas to you too, Ben.

      It’s been so lovely getting to know you this year. I think 2011 is going to be a great year for us all.

  4. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, Christine! Looking forward for the magical sparkles of 2011!

  5. Judy Martin says:

    Have a Merry Christine!
    The post is warming and the snow – well we should just send people here on Saturday because we are sans the snow this year for the 25th! Happy Holidays and much success in the new year!
    .-= Judy Martin´s last blog ..Working into retirement is a real-time indicator of what’s already here in flexible careers =-.

    • Loads of snow on the blog, Judy, and tons more in real life here in the UK right now. If you want some, help yourself!!

      It’s been great to connect with you this year. I hope you have a terrific Christmas and wish you all of the very best for 2011.

  6. Eduard - People Skills Decoded says:

    Hey Christine,

    I think gratitude rocks all year long, but it is even more valuable during Christmas time. It’s funny how during this time we tend to get expectations rather than gratitude. It’s a recipe for disaster.

    Merry X-Mass!
    .-= Eduard – People Skills Decoded´s last blog ..How to Be Charismatic =-.

    • That’s a good point, Eduard. We can get obsessed about what we’re getting as opposed to what we’re giving.

      Sending you good Christmas wishes!

  7. Kate Bacon says:

    Thanks Christine, reading this post today has been perfect timing. I was in the midst of Christmas stress when I decided today to take a walk through my favourite part of Brighton – enjoy the beautiful, sparkly, imaginative things in the shops without any need to buy. On my way out I bumped into two friends – an unexpected treat.

    Here’s to gratitude, the best thing since sliced bread :-)

    Happy Christmas!

    Kate x
    .-= Kate Bacon´s last blog ..In accepting do we allow ourselves to be truly real =-.

    • Christine says:

      Hi Kate

      Happy 2011! I love this story – how, going out just to enjoy yourself you were able to do just that!

      Hope you’ve had a good break and that this year’s going to be a great one for you. :)

  8. Ryan Hanzel says:

    Hey this is a little late but Merry Christmas and Happy New Years! I hope all of it went swell.
    .-= Ryan Hanzel´s last blog ..Just Live =-.

    • Christine says:

      It was indeed all swell, Ryan!

      I hope yours was too and that 2011 is going to be a brilliant year for you!


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