Christmas Takeaway

We did it. We survived the rude, shoulder-bumping crowds at the mall. The never-ending traffic. And basically the hustle and bustle of it all…

The holiday season is a beautiful thing, but sometimes beautiful things come with bustling moments.

Running like a mad cheetah around Hallmark, lighting the house like a full-time job, accidentally bruising my hands while wrapping presents to name a few.

For the most part everything is instagram-worthy and whatnot…

I try to make every moment count, and to do it happily and candidly, of course. But eventually reality kicks in. There are things to be done and therefore multitasking is necessary. As a result multiple mishaps may occur.

Life is not a 24/7 instagram feed…I will leave you with that!

Honestly, my brain is low-key fried at this point. Don’t get me wrong, I love being merry and bright, but the journey leading to the 25th has the same caliber as finals week: hectic, but certainly rewarding.

Fact: I was slowly becoming a Scrooge until I saw my mom’s enthusiasm for Christmas. It definitely rubbed off on me. Thank God for jolly, festive moms!

Looking back this season, the biggest takeaway was learning to live in the now. To enjoy the moments regardless of the stress that surrounds. To embrace the madness. To elaborate the little things.

In other words, don’t let stress and mistakes trump the authentic, vulnerable joy. You know, spending time with people you love and obviously doing things you care about.

Hectic will always be there, but Happy should always win at the end of the day. Always.

Make the holiday spirits more blissful.



I'm Ian, the writer behind CharlesTucket (a mix between Charleston & Nantucket, two of my favorite places). My hope is to inspire every man to live a wholesome & whimsical life, one quirk at a time.


"Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love." | 1 Corinthians 16:13-14


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