December 21st, 2021 By Nikki Harper Staff Writer for Wake Up World The holiday season is the most anticipated couple of weeks of the year, for many. It’s a time for joy, family togetherness, partying, gifting, fun and merriment. However, this period of the year can also be one of the most tricky if you’re…
December 9th, 2020 | By Nikki Harper
Staff Writer for Wake Up World
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year….” – and it can be. Most of us are fortunate enough to have every reason for happiness during the festive period, with no real, major crisis factors to face – we can eat, we have a roof over our heads, we have love or companionship. And yet more than 60% of us report elevated or somewhat elevated levels of stress during the holiday periods – most of it self-inflicted.
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It was a tough decision for me to write this article because I can already feel all of the negative backlash it’s going to receive, and it will give my friends and potentially now some of my readers another reason to say, “Alanna Ruins Everything.” But, it has to be said.
Upon stumbling across an article posted on the Guardian called “This Christmas It’s Time We Put An End To The Cult Of Christmas Once And For All,” I realized I needed to offer my own take on this holiday season. So please, bear with me — it’s not all bad.
We all recognize the material, unhealthy, or just plain silly aspects of Christmas. Insane amounts of money spent on gifts, endless indulgence in unhealthy foods, Santa Claus — while you may argue it’s just once a year, it’s fun for the kids, and it’s great to spend time with family — all valid points of view — not one of these things has anything to do with what Christmas is actually supposed to be about. →
(Humans Are Free) Each year around this time we expect the holiday season to bring us closer together but, does it? Far too many people obsess over getting and giving gifts to the point where they lose sight of what truly matters. →
Gentleness and kindness will make our homes a paradise upon earth. C. A. Bartol As we enter into the ‘silly season’ I felt inspired to write about what I wish Christmas could mean for everyone. In a world where we have so much focus on material goods, (and never is this more obvious than at…Read more & video clip: “The Act Of Kindness Can Change Someones Life Forever – Inspirational Video-3:05 min.”
Editor’s Note: This article first appeared in the Dec 2015 edition of TTAC’s Heroes Against Cancer member newsletter. This article was updated in December 2018. It’s that time of the year again… laughter is in the air, mistletoe is springing up everywhere, and the hustle and bustle of gift buying and family time is lifting everyone’s spirits into…..Read more