Once I released the need to do some of the beautiful traditions that had been a part of me for so long but had lost the authenticity for me as well as the true spirit by which they were intended, I was better able to embrace the festiveness of this season.

However, releasing the negative emotions that I had inflicted upon myself, like guilt and shame, for not doing the Christmas cards, or cookie exchanges was easy intellectually but not so emotionally. If you find yourself feeling this way, here are some affirmations to support the release of these negative feelings:

I show my love and appreciation for those dear to me in my own way.

I am comfortable allowing the world to see me genuinely and authentically.

The best gift I can give to others is a peaceful, content and loving person.

Author's Bio: 

Nancy Gentle Boudrie, owner and founder of Awaken With Light, Inc., Usui Reiki master and teacher, Angel Intuitive Practitioner®, IET Advanced Practitioner®, as well as a certified meditation instructor and practitioner. You may find her at Facebook.com/AwakenWithLight, Twitter @AwakenWithLight, LinkedIn, www.AwakenWithLight.com and Google+. Nancy also has a weekly radio show on BlogTalkRadio.com/AwakenwithLight also available on iTunes.