Time for Holiday Nostalgia

Ugh; the Holidays are upon us, AGAIN! 

When I was a child, time seemed to stand still. My Christmas vacations seemed so much longer than the actual week they were. I would love to feel time stand still like that again. 

We all get a little nostalgic around the holidays with traditions and reminiscing with friends and family, don’t we? I also like to look back on my year to see where I found joy and fulfillment. That helps me as I consider the possibilities of the new year ahead.

I think we should tap back into our wonderment as children to help us dream up what is possible next year. What if there were no limits? What if I could really scale a wall like Spiderman? I’m sure the limitations I put on myself would not show up if I approached adult possibilities like the child whiling away the days of endless Christmas vacation.

I spoke about my goal-setting plans in October. That is when I start setting goals. Now I can review my plans and make sure I have action steps to help me achieve them. Going into 2023 prepared is the biggest assurance of my success. 

Now I plan on focusing on ending my business year the best I can. There are four more weeks to work on my goals for 2022. I don’t want to squander that time as I did as a child on holiday break.

However, I think that it can be healthy to be nostalgic. Hearing the words of a favorite Christmas carol or watching a favorite movie can transport you down memory lane. It seems to help me recharge. It allows me to reflect on important relationships and memories. It is a time to think of the traditions I carry with me and the ones that are no longer part of my holiday season.

Dictionary.com defines nostalgia as a wistful desire to return in thought or in fact to a former time in one’s life, to one’s home or homeland, or to one’s family and friends; a sentimental yearning for the happiness of a former place or time.

I hope that is the way it feels for you. This time of year can also be a trigger for some who can not find those happy memories. My wish is that you will find a way this year to create new happy memories you can reminisce about in the future.

I no longer hold the same importance to receiving gifts as I once did. Being with the people I care about is the best part of the holiday season. Spending time in conversation, companionship, and genuinely connecting with others brings me the most joy this time of year. There are great celebrations with friends that help to create new memories. It fuels my soul to be with these people at a joyous time. 

Of course, another bowtie under the tree wouldn’t be bad!

I wish you a holiday season filled with the warmth, love, and laughter we all desire. If you need a new place to call home, contact me, Stephen Burchard, The Desert Bowtie Realtor, taking the (k)nots out of real estate.