Staying Sane Thru the Holidays
Follow these tips to beat the overwhelm and ENJOY this holiday season!
Plan ahead // I know, I know…I say this EVERY YEAR too and never get ahead. BUT it really does help to at least get a calendar and try to plan out shopping times, wrapping times, and mark the events you know you are attending. Those weeks leading up to the holidays fill up fast. Having time budgeted down to the details (gift wrapping, cooking, shopping), makes it a lot more manageable!
Make a budget // This is a great way to “do Christmas”. The budget can be whatever you want, the key is to stick to it. Having a budget keeps you on track AND actually makes it easier to find gifts. Having perimeters narrows your options, making it a simpler process for finding gifts.
Make the list (check it twice!) // Start with listing ALL THE PEOPLE. Once you have everyone written (including “miscellaneous”, ya know for the randoms that randomly decide to get you something), take your budget and divvy it up between each person. Once you know what you’re spending on each person, brainstorm ideas for gifts. I’ve used this tactic each year and it really makes a difference in the time it takes to find presents!
Take time for yourself & family // Schedule time to make traditions that are specifically for your family unit. There is so much focus on going here and going there + completing the list of To-Do’s for all the things that have to get done, and it can be difficult to build in time that is strictly for memory making. No matter what phase of life you are in, making the time to have traditions and memorable moments make the holidays so fulfilling. Plus, if you are in the phase of child rearing, these are the times your kids remember specifics about their childhood. Don’t let the hustle and bustle get in the way of using the finite time we have with our children to make lasting impressions!
Don’t forget the reason for the season // Even with Thanksgiving, there can be a more profound meaning behind what we are celebrating historically for our country. It truly is a time to reflect on the important aspects of life, what brings us joy, and how we can incorporate appreciation more into our lives through passion projects and spending time with loved ones.
How can you instill in yourself and children an attitude of gratitude?
“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” – Col 4:2
When it comes to Christmas it’s a little more self-explanatory. We MUST incorporate purposes behind our celebrations, and not tie materials and events to what matters behind the holidays. It’s a great disservice to our self/family to not make it a priority to share the love of Christ and establish traditions that are rooted in faith and have nothing to do with Santa (GASP) and gift giving. The best gift we ever received was a Savior that died for us. Let’s celebrate that wholeheartedly!
Be Present // This is said all the time. It’s important to be here now. Often times, the holidays are the only times during the year we see certain family and friends. We can become so flustered from getting to our engagements, prepping food, remembering gifts on Christmas, carting kids and what they may need while away from home, and if your like me, hopping between your family and the in-laws. The actual holiDAY can be exhausting! However, I encourage you to take the time to talk and catch up with those you don’t see always. Our families (chosen or not 🙂 ) are made up of unique individuals and taking time to fellowship with them can be very rewarding. Use the time to unplug, visit those you don’t see regularly, and hear about life from their perspective.
I hope these tips lend you much needed help as we kick-off the holiday season!
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If you want some tips specific to Thanksgiving