This past summer, I moved into an “old-new” home: “old,” in that I once lived in this house before and “new,” in that it’s been renovated inside and out since I last lived here.

(The “why”—behind how I lived here, then I didn’t, and now I do—is a long story, better reserved for another day.)

A holiday stress story

Today, I want to share a different story. For the last few weeks, I’ve wanted “deck out” my old-new home with beautiful Christmas lights. This vision included placing candle lights in every window.

I can’t tell you how much time I have spent looking for stupid candle lights! I’ve looked online at Amazon and other retailers. I’ve made trips to the Christmas Tree Shop, Lowes, Home Depot, and Walmart. I even purchased a batch—twice—and returned them—twice.

The problem wasn’t that I couldn’t find candle lights; they’re everywhere. The problem was that I just couldn’t find EXACTY what I wanted: LED, battery-operated candle lights with timers. I tried compromising (hence the two purchases) but never ended happy (hence the two returns).

After weeks of this nonsense, I got huffy. I was frustrated. I felt disappointed.

Then, finally, I got an epiphany. 

Let it go.

Let go of the crazy notion of finding the perfect lights. Let go of the idea that candle lights are an important component of the holiday season. Let go and let be. I realized that the holidays would be just as beautiful whether I had these candle lights or not.


That’s when I found EXACTLY what I wanted.

Today, I went to Walmart to buy an ethernet cable, and once there, decided to make a quick pass through the holiday aisle. That’s when I found them: LED, battery-operated candle lights with timers.

(Why hadn’t they been there before?)

I scooped them up and rushed to the checkout line.

Happy girl.

Let go of holiday stress

My point is to ask yourself: what are you holding onto this holiday season? What stress can you let go of? How can your holiday season be just as good without the X, Y, or Z? Let it go. Let it go. Let it go.

Stress is an incredible downer on our physical health. Emotional stress sets us up for colds, the flu, feeling grumpy, and becoming unengaged with what’s actually important to us.

Let go of your stress and watch the magic unfold.