A Holiday Mantra


Oh, What a bright time, it’s the right time, to find a holiday mantra.

Many people find the holidays a difficult and trying time. There can be many social obligations and a lot of pressure to “keep up with the Joneses.” It can also be financially stressful, and your diet and exercise routine can easily go into wack.

If you agree with all of this, it may be helpful to come up with a holiday mantra, an idea I heard about on Gretchen Rubin’s podcast Happier (episode 196). This would be a word or phrase to repeat mentally when times get tough. Of you could use a holiday mantra to center yourself, and ensure that you are focused on creating the experience you really want to this holiday season.

Here are some examples:

  • Deck the Halls – Focus on decor and getting festive for the holidays.
  • Let it Snow – Let the little things go. Let things fall where they may.
  • Be Good for Goodness Sake – Focus on restraint and making the best decision.
  • Let Your Heart Be Light – Enjoy the simple pleasures.
  • Festival of Lights – See the light. Be the light.
  • ‘Tis the Season to be Jolly – Choose happiness.
  • All is Calm, All is Bright – It is all good.
  • I’ll be Home for Christmas, if Only in My Dreams – Home is where the heart is.
  • Good Tidings We Bring to You and Your Kin – Wish others well.
  • Sleigh Bells Ring, Are You Listening? – Stay present in the moment.
  • Joy to the World – Happiness to all.

I personally love the holidays, especially since I no longer work retail, but I really liked the idea of picking a holiday mantra to reflect the spirit of the season I hope to cultivate. I’ve chosen two:

  1. All is Calm, All is Bright
  2. I’ll be Home for Christmas, if Only in My Dreams 

The first really reflects the attitude I am choosing to adopt this season. With searching for a job, living in a new country, and trying to find a new apartment, life feels extra busy. But at the end of the day, everything is fine and life is good. All is calm. All is bright. Even when it is really freakin’ dark outside.

The second I selected because I will not be home for Christmas. I’ll miss physically celebrating with my parents, brother, and extended family. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t emotionally celebrate with them, even if just over a cup of coffee on Skype. But Nick and I will also work to make this new home of ours feel Christmasy, so many it doesn’t all have to be a dream.


Oh, What a bright time, it’s the right time, to find a holiday mantra.


What is your holiday mantra? Let us know below.

2 thoughts on “A Holiday Mantra

  1. Jeanette

    Lovely post, Tess, but it still breaks my heart that you won’t be home for the holidays. 💔 But, I’m still going to go for “Merry and bright”!

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