Staying Feisty During the Holidays
As Christmas day get closer, some people, actually most people, become more and more stressed. They become “testy” at Target, ” kranky” (my own spelling) at Kohl’s, and very “un-Christmas-like” at the Christmas tree shop. We have all seen these folks at their very worst and really wonder where their Christmas spirit has gone.
I have actually come up with a method to survive these people and their bad behavior during the holidays. It is really simple. It is really easy. It is called “stay feisty”. Look up feisty in the dictionary. It means to be “energetic, hearty, gutsy, lively, and spirited”. That last word, spirited, reminded me about what Christmas really means, that you have to stay feisty/in he spirit of Christmas no matter what. In all I do, I have tried this year to stay spirited in the ways of Christmas. Listed below are some of the things that I have been doing to stay feisty this holiday season. They seem to be working for me and maybe will work for you, too.
I smile a lot. Look people straight in the eye and smile. Most will smile back at you; for those who do not ignore them and move on. They are generally grumpy 365 days a year anyway and are not going to change simply because it is Christmas.
If the person behind you in the Kohl’s line has 2 items and you have 20, let them go ahead of you. The look on their face is priceless. They generally thank you profusely, at least more than once. And if they do not thank you, they just might feel bad later on for not being nicer (one can only hope).
I have started to allow folks to pull out in front of me in traffic. They are usually shocked that someone actually lets them merge. Nearly all offer a wave of thanks, but the occasional person just looks at me like I have 2 heads; one guy actually gave me the finger. I guess that he, too, is a 365 days a year ass anyway. Some people just do not get it. Move on from the un-spirited actions of these folks because others will be kinder and more thankful for the chance to merge.