December – the silly season
As we enter the last month of the year, it is as if the energies are more frantic and hurried. Whether it is because it is almost the end of the year, or because of the holiday-vibes, I am not sure. What I do know, is that December is often referred to as the “silly season.” A “silly season,” is the time when most people let their hair down, go to parties, have fun and just be silly.
According to Wikipedia, the “silly season” is a period in the summer months in the UK, when frivolous news stories hit the mainstream media. In was defined as “the part of the year when Parliament and the Law Courts are not sitting (about August and September).” In North America, this is often referred to as the “slow news season.” In Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, the “silly season” refers to Christmas and New Year; a festive period that occur during the summer season.
December is also a month where many people celebrate different festivities, for example Christmas, Hannukah, Rohatsu and Solstice. During the winter months in the Northern Hemisphere, it can become very dark and winters are long. In the old days, candles were lit to not only brighten a home, but also to lighten the dark. Today candles are part of the decorations in many homes during Christmas- and other festivals. The candles are not just a reminder that spring is coming again, but the heat and light of the candles, symbolizes the warmth and light of the sun.
Navigating through this time of year can be fun and tricky at the same time. The best thing to do is to have a to do-list; especially when you need to go shopping. Running errands early in the morning, before the rush, makes it so much easier and less stressful. Knowing what is on someone’s wish list, makes shopping for gifts less stressful as well. Taking time out to relax more and do things that you like, is key to keeping sane. The holiday season can be a joyous occasion, but it can also be a lonely season for some. If you are single and don’t have friends and/or family to go to, treat yourself and go to a restaurant. Or get-together with a neighbour, or volunteer at a shelter or children’s or old age home. When you give, of your time and energy, it is just as rewarding as receiving gifts.
Is it your time to host the dinner? Planning a menu and buying what you need, is the easiest way to make sure you have everything you need. Luckily you can buy many “ready-made” foodstuffs today, but nothing (in my opinion), beats a homemade meal! If you are hosting a big group, ask everyone to chip in. The ladies, for example, can each bring a dish and the men can provide the drinks.
Being safe during the season is important. It is one thing to let your hair down and have fun, and another if you go “over the top” and do things that you will regret later on. Enjoy the parties, the drinks, the food, but keep in mind that moderation is key. Having “one too many” is not the end of the world, but becoming tipsy or drunk, is another; especially at the office party!
The holiday season is a time of giving; not just gifts, but also your time, energy and love. Home-made gifts and “wish-list” gifts are great. It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg; it is the thought that counts. Being with loved ones, pets, family, friends, and the like, is what counts. It is not just a season of giving, but also reflecting. Enjoy the season and let go of the past. Be grateful for what is and just enjoy!