December 1, and the countdown begins! I can’t get everything done I am stressing, and Christmas is supposed to be fun. What can I do? Don’t feel alone, according to About.com 80% of their readers feel the same way. What can we do to relieve some stress, to bring the Happy back to Happy Holidays?
Here are some tips to maybe help:
Don’t try to make everything “perfect”. As parents, moms especially, we want our children to experience the perfect holiday. Let’s be honest, does your child really care that all of the packages are wrapped in matching paper and bows. Do all of the candy canes have to face the same way? Decide a couple of things that are really important to you and stick to perfecting those items.
Use shortcuts. Simplify experiences that you want to include in your celebrations . Want to still send Christmas cards? Try sending e-cards that can be sent out all together. Want to host a holiday party? Consider hiring help (catering, cleaning, etc) or make it a potluck.
Make a plan. Does spending too much cause your stress? Make a budget and stick to it. Do you and your spouse disagree about where to spend the holidays? Make a plan well ahead of time, so everyone knows what to expect.
Just say NO! This is a hard one! Who wants to miss out on anything this time of year?? But, we really don’t need to attend everything we are invited to, every activity in the community. Once again, make a plan and choose what is really special to you.
Hopefully these ideas will give you a few strategies to make yours a Holly Jolly
Christmas/ Hanukkah/ Kwanzaa/ Celebration!