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Xmas - fun, feast or fucking nightmare?

Xmas - fun, feast or fucking nightmare?

As the festive season approaches, the air is filled with excitement, joy, and a bloody ton of stress. Christmas, a time traditionally associated with family gatherings, gift-giving, and merriment, can sometimes become overwhelming. In the midst of the hustle and bustle, it's crucial to pause and reflect on the essence of the season – gratitude, family, and connection, and taking a well earned break after a long work year (unless you’re a two man jewellery brand of course haha)

In Australia Xmas means beach, BBQ’s, travelling long distances and summer holidays. It’s a bit weird still for a blow-in from the northern hemisphere. Santa costumes, and baubles and lights, and Christmas carols about the depths of winter snow when it’s 28 degrees outside is a bit strange to get used to.

 

The holiday season often brings with it a whirlwind of stress. From planning elaborate meals to finding the perfect gifts, the pressure to create picture-perfect celebrations can be daunting, especially in the Insta era. The expectations set by society and the desire for everything to be flawless contribute to the stress many people experience during this time.

In the world of e-commerce, where the competition for attention and sales is fierce, businesses also feel the strain of the holiday rush. From managing inventory to handling increased customer queries, the festive season can be make or break for many online retailers.  We’ve had a few issues with not being fully prepared for a huge rush of Black Friday orders, then issues with getting stock and components on time, and complaints from customers we want desperately to please, about postal delays that are out of our control. 

Gratitude Amidst the Chaos:

Amidst the chaos, it's a good idea to try to cultivate a sense of gratitude. This involves shifting the focus from what's lacking to appreciating what's present. Practicing gratitude can significantly reduce stress and enhance the overall holiday experience.

One way to do this is by keeping a gratitude journal. Take a few moments each day to jot down the things you're thankful for. Whether it's the support of loved ones, the warmth of a cozy home, or even the simple pleasures like a hot cup of cocoa, acknowledging these moments can be a powerful antidote to stress. The Two Broke Chicks on Insta are selling some awesome journals that can be used for this if it becomes one of your New Year Resolutions for 2024. 

Family: The Heart of Christmas:

While the holiday season can be stressful, it is also a time to celebrate the bonds that matter most – family. The true essence of Christmas lies in the togetherness and shared moments with loved ones. In the midst of the chaos, it's a nice time of year to prioritise quality time with family over material pursuits.

For those who may not have close family ties, the concept of family extends beyond blood relations. Friends, chosen family, and even coworkers can form a support network during this season. Utilizing technology to connect with loved ones, especially if separated by distance, can bridge the gap and bring the warmth of togetherness.

The Reality of Loneliness:

While Christmas is a time for connection, it's also a time when feelings of loneliness can intensify. The emphasis on family gatherings and societal expectations can be isolating for those who are alone or have experienced loss. Acknowledging and addressing these emotions is an essential aspect of the holiday narrative.

For those who may be feeling alone, reaching out to friends, participating in community events, or volunteering can be meaningful ways to combat loneliness. Additionally, online support groups and forums provide a space for individuals to share their experiences and find solace in the company of others.

Consumerism and Its Impact:

Amidst the pursuit of the perfect Christmas, we as a family, and as business owners are acutely aware of the role of consumerism. The pressure to buy lavish gifts and the bombardment of holiday sales can lead to excessive spending and contribute to the stress of the season. As an e-commerce-driven society, understanding the impact of consumerism is particularly relevant during this time.

To combat the negative effects of consumerism, consider adopting a more mindful approach to gift-giving. Thoughtful, personalised gifts often hold more meaning than expensive ones. Encourage sustainable practices, such as opting for eco-friendly products or supporting local businesses, to make a positive impact on both the environment and the community. Make a list of the people you want to buy gifts for, set a budget and look in a mindful way for items or experiences you can gift that will align with your budget and beliefs.

Conclusion:

In the midst of the stress, the key to a fulfilling Christmas lies in finding gratitude, cherishing family, acknowledging and addressing feelings of loneliness, and reevaluating the impact of consumerism. As the holiday season approaches, let us strive to create meaningful moments, connect with loved ones, and embrace the true spirit of Christmas. In doing so, we can navigate the hustle with grace and rediscover the joy that lies at the heart of this festive season.

 

Happy Christmas to all our Bixby and Co customers from this year, both at our Sydney pop ups and who’ve found us online. We hope we’ve given you pieces you love to wear and if you’ve had any issues, that we’ve provided the best customer service to address them. 
Have fun and see you all next year!! 

Bixby and Co Xmas

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