I literally have no extra money for gifts for my two children spouses, an exdaughterin law, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Also have an autistic and nonverbal son who is 20. Last time we were altogether was four years ago and having no presents did not go well. This Christmas will also be spent with just husband and son and dollar store gifts. Any suggestions?
For those with large families, start drawing names out of a Santa's hat. Each person buys one nice gift for the person who's name they drew and receive one nice gift. It made our Christmas a lot less stressful and gave us a lot more quality time with family, which is the best gift of all. Happy holidays
Thank you for this timely advice & reminder.
Learning to say no appropriately requires a new perspective and this assisted me is seeing it.
Thanks for tip to protect my aura. I have been taught this ides before but have not made it a practice.
This encourages me.
I usually have my healthy green smoothie and enzyme and probiotic before heading to any party.
Then do my relaxation and 5 minute visualization and all the time Everything Goes Well.
After years of family division, my sister and I will have them coming over to celebrate LOVE. I love the ending quote! I'll use it for my toast Christmas day! Thanks for such loving and uplifting messages!
Thank you Dr. Northrup to remind us to keep our healthy boundaries. As a traditionally brought up woman, I far more often rather say "Yes" than "No", even if I feel the burden I'm carring is about to explode. I'm sure there are many other women who feel like that. The other thing is that we've made the members of our family used to some comfort, so they often have great expectations and we don't want to dissapoint them. After all, we don't want to spoil the holiday atmosphere at our homes. So it's really hard for some of us to say "No" and we rather swallov the rebellion that rises within us and say "Yes". Sometimes I really don't know which way of acting would be better, because the battle against tradition and deep-rooted expectacions may be as hard as letting the things staying so as they are.
When gathering with friends and relatives, leave any problems from the past, in the past and stay present and open to new possibilities.
"Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a GIFT. That's why it's called the present."
Thank you for this timely reminder! This is a great visualization that I will use during the holiday season and beyond.
Debbie – thank you so much for reminding us that using such phrases, which are meant to be "cute", are not so for some. We're better for the comment, and try to do better. Thank you.
Thank you for this very helpful post!
I have just a little request. I wish the phrase “Debbie Downer” didn’t exist. I believe, and others tell me, that I’m a very positive person, but every time I read or hear “Debbie Downer” my heart sinks through the floor. After reading your post, I wonder if this is damaging to my aura. Picking myself back up requires a pause, a deep breath or two, and a sense of re-grounding.
I know you always mean the very best for others, but on behalf of Debbies everywhere, maybe there’s another way to describe a negative person?
Thank you so much for listening,
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March 30, 2020
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