Christmas is fast approaching and it feels like the stress of the holiday season just keeps escalating. With less than a week left before the big day, last minute shopping, dinner preparations, and family holiday parties are all starting to stack up. I don’t know about you, but it just seems like there is too much to do and not enough time to get it all done!
As a kid I always used to love Christmas. It was my favorite holiday. I used to love waking up Christmas morning and going downstairs to see everything Santa left for me. My parents used to take care of making sure I had presents to give to everyone and it was always such a time of joy and happiness. Now that I’m older, Christmas seems to bring out the “bah humbug” spirit in me even though I put on a happy face for everyone else.
So how can you survive the holiday season without letting the stress of it damper your spirits? Here are six tips to follow this holiday season to help make it extraordinary.
Remember the Reason for the Season: When you are running around like a chicken with your head cut off trying to get everything done before the big day arrives and the stress of it all starts to overwhelm you, stop and take a breath. Remember what the season is really about. It’s not about getting the perfect gift for your dad or having the perfect tree. Take time to remember what the season is to you. This meaning may lie in your religious beliefs or the traditions you have with your family, but don’t forget to take the time to remember why YOU choose to celebrate this holiday season.
Don’t Wait Until Christmas Eve to Get Everything Done: If you haven’t finished your shopping yet, go get it done now! Spend all day today or tomorrow getting your shopping done and the rest of the week will go by much smoother for you. Also, don’t wait until Christmas eve to wrap gifts or start preparing parts of dinner that can be completed in advance. Waiting until the last minute just causes everything to stack up and results in more stress and exhaustion than anyone wants to deal with.
Give the Ultimate Gift: Presents are great and everyone loves getting them and unwrapping them. But sometimes the ultimate gift to give is the gift of time. Instead of getting the people you are closest to a gift, get them a card and write in it that for their Christmas gift you would like to take them to breakfast, lunch, dinner, etc. People will forget what you gave them as time goes on but they will never forget the memories you create with them. Use this season to create new memories with the people you love.
Don’t Forget Traditions: Whatever family traditions you have, honor them by keeping them alive. And don’t forget to create new traditions each year.
Keep Christmas Eve Low Key: Spend time with family or friends on Christmas Eve. Or go to church. But don’t spend a lot of time preparing for Christmas Day on Christmas Eve. Taking time to just be calm and mellow the night before a big holiday can make the actual holiday less stressful and more enjoyable.
Enjoy the Day: If things don’t go flawlessly, who cares? Take time to enjoy the company of family and friends or the look of elation on Suzie’s face when she gets the Barbie Doll she really wanted. This day only comes around once each year, so enjoy it!
Happy Holidays everyone! God Bless!