If you haven’t heard the news yet, we are in preparation for even more shortages in 2021. This time the main panic is around a toy shortage this Christmas. At this point in the Covid pandemic, we aren’t really strangers to shortages. Empty shelves at the supermarket, fights breaking out over toilet paper. Are any of us really surprised that there might not be toys at Christmas? While we have been through the ringer when it comes to surviving the pandemic madness, it’s my belief that the toy shortage is really telling us something far bigger than we realize.
When reviewing the list of 10 things we might not have limited access to, I couldn’t help myself feeling less than impressed. Things like gaming consoles, alcohol, Christmas lights and the “hottest toys” might be in short supply. To be honest, I was more concerned about the lack of turkey. Yes, sorry to break it to you, but turkeys are on the short supply list.
If I took a moment to pause and ask myself why the lack of turkey causes a bigger stir than anything else, the answer is quite clear. Turkey = Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving = gathering around a table with family that I love.
There is nothing better than gathering around a good meal, sharing laughter and giving hugs this time of year. Right? I mean, I can’t help but feel that is what it all should be about.
The other shortage (yes, is also making headlines) seems far more pressing than anything on the list of stuff we might not have access to.
Whether we are in a pandemic or not, every day we run the risk of having one less person gathered around the tree with us. And in the last year, I can only imagine more of us know exactly what that feels like.
So, why in the world are we panic-buying toys when the loss of life has been so high?
If you thought this was about to turn into some pro-vax post or a political rant, sorry, you’re in the wrong place.
It is simple unfathomable to me that we are still in an up-roar about not being able to get “The Hottest Toys of 2021.” Call me crazy but for anyone with kids, I think we can all agree that those hot must-have toys are going to mean squat at Christmas 2022.
Any stress or worry around the matter of toys, clothing or booze seems to pale in comparison when you consider that we have already gone without so much.
Of course, I understand that children like toys. It brings them joy, especially this time of year and that is what the majority of us have adapted to. Toys from Santa and toys from us. They both need to make it under the tree and they gotta be good.
There is nothing wrong with toys. As a kid, my grandma filled her entire basement with Barbies just for me and I am forever grateful.
The thing is, I don’t remember the day I let go of those Barbies, but you better believe I remember the day I let go of my grandma.
I get the panic and the worry. When very few things have been in our control over the last year, it’s natural to want to latch on to something and try to get control of it.
You want to secure those gifts because your kids have experienced enough randomness and uncertainty and you sure as hell don’t want them to have to miss out on this too. I get that.
But please remember, at this time of year, what they want more than anything (even if they don’t realize it) is you.
We can be the constant in our own lives and the lives of our children.
That constant can either look like spending the holiday season in a panic or mad online shopping rush, or it can look like slowness, intention and peace of mind.
Throwing yourself into a frenzy over something as insignificant as some material items (or even turkey) just isn’t worth it.
It isn’t worth what we miss when we go into panic mode.
Worrying about the future always keeps us out of the present. Present. Look how that worked out.
So let me leave you with a little encouragement.
The toilet paper came back. Everything else will too. If it doesn’t, we can deal with it then.
There is nothing that requires your worry or fear right now, at least I hope not.
For right now, your only job is to step fully into the present moment. Bake cookies. Read books. Give snuggles. Show your family where your values are and give yourself the reminder too.
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