It’s the holiday season and it’s time to party.
Let’s close our eyes and imagine the perfect holiday party. What does it look like? What does it smell like? What do you hear and feel?
If you are imagining the usual holiday party what you see, hear, smell and feel when you close your eyes, very likely it is food related.
Is there cinnamon and nutmeg from the pies baked earlier? Thyme and rosemary from the numerous savories set out on a table heaped with loads of food and sweets? Is the laughter and conversation coming from a gathering room or from around the table of goodies?
No, this post isn’t meant to be 20 questions (we’re only up to five so far anyway). This post is to bring awareness to and direct change around the holiday party as we know it.
It may seem almost sacrilege to remove food from the holiday festivities but if you think about it, removing food also removes a great deal of stress. It creates the space for the host or hostess to not worry about a menu and rather focus on the guest list, ambiance, decor and joy of the gathering.
Worrying about food is stressful. Cooking it, shopping for it, planning it, setting it out… Wouldn’t that energy be better served on attending to actual people?
We talk about enjoying people and not things. We elaborate on all the positive things that will come from someday being more people and relationship focused. We dream of simplicity and peace.
Here’s the thing, no one is going to give you peace. You aren’t going to be given perfectly bonded lush relationships. You will never escape the trap of things over people unless you make the move yourself. And, what better way to do that than by nixing the food list and plumping up the guest list.
We promise, your vibrant self will feel more true and authentic when you aren’t sweating like a hog over a ham. You will be greeting guests with a freshness and glow that only choice and freedom can impart.
Celebrate with people.
It’s that simple. Food is a thing. Choose people over things.