The reality though is a bit different - the road conditions, the crowded malls, the early morning car window scraping, and the long line-ups that come with the holiday season. My cosy image is never, and has never been a reality.
December is a time where schedules are busy, nights are often late and mornings early, it is dark upon arriving at work and dark upon leaving, and you need to sneak in some shopping between holiday parties, concerts and celebrations.
We hear everywhere that December is the "season for giving." I agree. It is. My concern is that with all this giving comes fatigue. I can remember many Decembers where I felt like I was racing from one thing to the next trying desperately to draw a breath. I was showing up, but was I giving?
How can we create a balance so we can give with an open heart all season long?
For me the answer is simple, put your name at the top of your Holiday List. Give yourself the fuel you need so that you have the energy to give it in a meaningful, compassionate way to another.
As I grow older I realize more and more that time truly is the ultimate gift. There is no greater gift I can give my daughter, husband, father, best friend... Time creates beautiful, lifelong memories.
As I schedule away December 2014, I will build in time that I am giving to myself. So that I can show up the way I want to this holiday season - heart first, ready to make beautiful memories.