With the busyness that is the holiday season, it can be easy to get caught up in all the chaos and completely lose yourself in the holidays (and not in a good way). I’ve struggled with getting too busy and not enjoying the season as much as I could have in the past, and I know I am particularly susceptible to that this year with it being Baby’s First Christmas at our house…So, I am setting my intention now in an effort to help me make the most of the holidays without going too overboard, and I plan to do so with a few simple hints. Want to make the most of your holiday season, too? Check out these ideas and let me know a few of your own! Here’s to making our holidays merry and bright (and just a little bit simpler)!
1. Stick to Routine
So, this one has a little less to do with the holidays and a lot more to do with me and how I feel. I function much better when I am following my “normal” routine and getting things done the way I need to, so I plan to stick to this throughout the holiday season. That means I’ll continue to work out daily, maintain a healthy diet, have a regular bed time and waking time, and keep a regular wake/feed/eat cycle with our little girl. Now, that’s not to say that we won’t be flexible, but at a minimum, these are the things I need to get done each day to feel my best and enjoy, so it goes without saying that maintaining them throughout the holiday season will help me make the most of the holidays too.
2. Focus on the Most Important Traditions
I am already finding myself wanting to “do all the things” that are Christmas around here, and I know if we try to do everything, I’m going to get overwhelmed very quickly. To help avoid that overwhelm, I plan on choosing just a few of the main activities that we’ll want to do year after year to focus on – selecting and cutting down our Christmas tree, gifting Christmas jammies and a book on Christmas Eve, attending a performance of the Nutcracker, following our Advent calendar and reading the coordinating scripture each day…By limiting what I’m focusing on, I’ll be able to make the most of these aspects of the season and stress less over fitting everything in.
3. Make a Plan for the Holidays
That’s right. I even make a plan for the holiday season. This not only includes the activities we plan to participate in but also the shopping we need to do. If I have a plan, or at least a list, I am much more able to break down what needs done and feel less overwhelmed by all of the tasks at hand. Less overwhelm for me equals more fun for everyone. 😉
4. Start Early
In addition to having a plan, I also like to get a bit of a head start on the season. Now, according to some, I am probably already behind, but we already have over half of our shopping done for our little one and a good idea of what we’re doing for the majority of the others on our list, so I’m feeling pretty good about that aspect of the holidays. Consider all that you have going on during the season and decide when you need to start to get everything accomplished.
5. Just Enjoy and Let It Go
Let it go, let it go…Oh wait, sorry, I didn’t mean to break out into song. But, really keep in mind that the holiday season is about spending time with the ones you love, celebrating the gift of Jesus’ birth, giving to others, and enjoying the magic of the season. If everything doesn’t go quite as you planned, just enjoy it for what it is and let it go. Having an attitude of ease and enjoyment will make for a much more enjoyable and memorable holiday for the whole family.
Avoid the overwhelm of the holidays and make the most of the season with these simple tips. Let’s make it a season of laughter, love, and giving, and your whole family will be sure to have a memorable season.