Peace on earth

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Light a candle of peace and joy for the holiday season 

It seems a little pointless to become stressed over activities that are suppose to elicit joy. What happens as the clock ticks away the minutes of December and causes normal ordinary people to wish they could stop the world and get off for a while?

Think about this: Are you searching for a way to shift your approach to the holiday celebration? Are you hoping to bring back the togetherness, the giving from the heart, the true meaning of the season?

Begin by reflecting on ways to reduce your stress level and recapture the joyfulness of the season. There are unlimited possibilities for creating a simple celebration; the choice is yours.

Reflect on the things that you truly love about the holidays.

Make a list of precious moments--the beauty, the smells, the fellowship, the peacefulness, the serenity of a glowing fire.

Discover that the most cherished memories are of simple pleasures.

Many of the holiday traditions were centered around the winter solstice, a time of year when our ancestors revered the earth as a source of life and nourishment. Start your own traditions by acknowledging the seasonal changes, honoring the earth and protecting the environment. This is an excellent time to appreciate the beauty of nature, clean up the environment, observe the sunrise and sunset, decrease pollutants in the air and water, and eat only natural, unprocessed foods.

Expressing gratitude brings forth joy and peace throughout the holidays. Take a few moments in the coming days and set your sights beyond the clutter of the holiday season and find your own star to travel upon. Gratitude is the sustaining power in the gift of life. Celebrate this month's holy days by expressing the joy of living with the attitude of gratitude.

You can put a stop to stressful holiday celebrations and begin to simplify, if you truly want to. Reevaluate your priorities and eliminate the senseless spending of time and money. Get in touch with the true meaning of the season.

Remember it is your choice -- stress or calm. Start now to recapture the joy of the season. How will you celebrate?

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