Every Christmas Eve I remember hearing the door to my little brother’s bedroom creak open while his footsteps gingerly crept into the den where the tree – and more importantly – the presents were sitting. I could hear him rummaging through the boxes and packages, and then the counting would begin.
“One for me, two for me, three for me…” and on my brother would go, counting his stash of presents, making sure Santa didn’t skimp him that year.
No matter if he went to bed thinking he was short that Christmas or if he was elated that he’d received the most, my brother always woke up and enjoyed Christmas morning as if he had no idea how many gifts he was getting.
So why bother counting?
During the holidays it is easy for many of us to get caught up in expecting things to go our way. Final test grades come in, family dinners never go as planned and our expectations get let down.
The holidays are hectic. And like my little brother, it’s easy to worry that we won’t enjoy the season as much if we don’t get what we expect. But when we enjoy the holidays and all they entail without any expectations tied on, there is always more to appreciate.
So when your crazy aunt volunteers to make Thanksgiving dinner, or when you realize you’ll have to home-make gifts this year because you’re broke, just take a minute and let go of the unrealistic expectations of the “perfect holiday season.” It’s not real. And it’s so much more enjoyable when you stop worrying that things won’t go exactly as planned.
In this issue of Cooglife, we have compiled stories and lists to keep you on track for enjoying the holiday season no matter what life throws at you. Did your flight home get delayed? We have a list of airport boredom busters ready to test out. If you really want to hear some hilarious holiday mishaps, we’ve asked students to share their funniest memories of the season. Flipping through these pages, it’ll be easy to see that no matter where you come from in life, the holidays aren’t perfect, and that’s okay.
So, stop counting how many presents you think you’re going to get this year. The holidays have enough to celebrate without those unrealistic expectations, and Cooglife is here to help you enjoy the season to its full potential – no matter if Santa skimped you on presents or not.