The holidays can be tricky to navigate for introverts. Christmas comes with A LOT of expectations and obligations that can quickly drain our energy and leave us feeling like Grumpy Cat. But it doesn’t have to be that way.
You can make the holidays into whatever you want them to be. This might mean saying ‘no’ to some invitations. Or saying ‘yes’, but sneaking off for some much needed alone time midway through. Your perfect holiday might involve a good book and lots of naps. Or it could be bursting at the seams with love and cuddles from the people you care most about.
Whatever your ideal introverted Christmas looks like, don’t feel guilty about it. There’s no right way to enjoy your holidays! Here is my personal recipe for introverted Christmas bliss. Feel free to share yours in the comments below.
Thanks for blogging about this Michaela. It’s really helpful reading about others like me. Extrovert-favouring western society makes one feel weird for having time alone, especially on Christmas Day. Thanks.
You’re welcome, Georgio! xxo
I CAN RELATE TO THIS ONE HUNDRED PERCENT….GOOD TO HEAR THAT I AM NOT ALONE WITH THIS..
My recipe for an introverted Christmas is as follows
The company of two great cats (I overfeed them and myself)
Coffee with eggnog from my Christmas mug (a gift from my best friend)
Two Chinese food meals (lunch and dinner)
Bad movies/TV specials with Mystery Science Theater 3000, Cinematic Titanic and RiffTrax
One brief phone call to my parents who go south for the winter and maybe a call from my sister who is also out of state.
I have done things this way for five years and it is very refreshing.
Sounds delicious, Adam. 😉
KEEPING IT SIMPLE.. THIS IS THE BEST WAY..
To me, it’s the same as normal day — learning and learning, and eating too.