Not only survive, but thrive this holiday season

Dashing through the snow.  Rocking around the Christmas tree.  Deck the hall with boughs of holly.  Do you hear what I hear?  Grandma got run over by a reindeer.  Santa Claus is coming to town.  Glad tidings to you and your kin.  God rest you merry gentleman let nothing you dismay.  Have yourself a merry little Christmas, because all I want for Christmas is my two front teeth, a hula hoop, a pair of skates, a sled, or my family around the Christmas tree.

Phew!  No wonder the holiday season can turn us all into crazy obsessive holiday elves.  After all the shopping, decorating, gatherings, photo shoots, activities, letter writing, parties, gift wrapping, and checking on own lists twice just like St. Nicholas there is little left to give.  Enjoying the holidays?  Is there even time for that?  The answer is YES!  A hundred thousand times over yes.  You can enjoy the holidays.  We must carve out some time with our close friends and family to be able to enjoy the holidays and all that it has to offer.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, we know the inevitable holiday hustle and bustle will be sure to follow.  There is a difference between things we want to do and things we have to do.  We want to make sure that the next five weeks is not written off as total chaos.  The holiday season is the perfect time to renew friendships, create new family traditions and enjoy ourselves.  How do we survive the ever-growing lists of the holiday must do?  I am sharing with you my top tips to not only survive but thrive during this Christmas season.

  1. Stick to the budget:  Do decide how much you can afford before any shopping takes place.  Don’t try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts.  Think:  family exchange or homemade gifts.
  2. Don’t abandon healthy habits:  Do try to fit in smaller healthy snacks especially before going out to parties or family gatherings.  Don’t let the holidays be an excuse for overindulgence.  Think:  Overindulgence adds stress and guilt.  
  3. Plan ahead:  Do try to set aside specific days for shopping, baking, wrapping presents, and other activities.  Don’t feel bad if you and your family can’t attend every gathering.  Think:  Prevent last-minute scrambling with planned shopping lists and menus.
  4. Learn to say no:  Do think about your own schedule along with your family’s schedule before committing to holiday gatherings.  Don’t say yes when you should say no.  Think:  Feelings of resentment pop up from being overcommitted and feeling overwhelmed.
  5. Be realistic.  Do realize that holidays don’t have to be perfect or the exact same as last year.  Don’t forget that families grow and change, and so can traditions.  Think:  Hold on to one or two traditions that are super important and be ready to make new traditions.

Be present during this holiday season.  You will don’t have to do it all to have it all.  In your own way, you create the holidays that are most meaningful to you, your friends, and family.  Happy Holidays!  Merry Christmas!  Season Greetings!  Happy New Year to you all.

 

All my best to you,

Heather

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