Mindfulness and gratitude during the festive season

Christmas is a such a joyous holiday. Whether you celebrate the religious side or not, the whole idea of family getting together and gift exchanging is a wonderful notion. And yet, the last few weeks have been so filled with choosing gifts and extended shopping and eating food and going to parties and meeting people and all these other obligations - that many of us are probably by now, 5 days before the event - feeling a little overwhelmed by this holiday.