Holidays are a sense of joy but often can become tedious and make you feel very overworked, taking the joy out of them. If cards, decorations, and gift lists are bringing you down, try and edit your schedule and obligations to ease up some tension and time. If you love the holidays, here are some tips to simplify them and get back to the real meaning.
1. Get your Family Involved
Make sure your whole family is aligned with their plans for the holidays. This can prevent unwanted last-minute changes that may throw off a great deal of everyone’s wishes. Have a quick meeting or get a list from each member of what they would like to do (or not) so you can guarantee at least one of their favorite activities will be planned. Be it reading together, baking, or doing the tree everyone in your family will relaxed and enjoy the holidays.
2. Keep it Simple & Homey
If you have a family that is usually together during the special time of year, it can often become a burden to go visit. Sometimes there are just things that come up and traveling is just not the best most festive idea for your responsibilities. Simply let your family know you need to stay home. You can make plans to call at certain times or perhaps they could even switch things up and come to you. The holidays are about love essentially, which can be shown in creative ways; use that to your advantage and have some fun.
3. Limit your Extras
There is a reason the holidays are stressful: countless obligations for parties or events can quickly add up. Refuse a few offerings that are just too much for you, and you will notice a difference in the quality of what you do put your time to. Make sure to include all things that you know you must do or attend, and then kindly let the rest know you just have another smaller family matter to attend to then. You might even send them a quick card for the offer, which is a great surprise.
4. Boundaries-Know when to Draw the Line
You may want to transform your house into a winter wonderland to keep up with the community, but in reality homemade things are not your forte or in your budget/ schedule. If you are feeling overwhelmed, get a few statement pieces that indicate your passion but are simple and easy to install. Spend money on quality items that last and are pre-done and you will save your time on putting them up. Don’t leave out your family help even if it is not perfect; that makes the effort all the more special.
5. Give Cards of Love, not Guilt
If your card list is starting to look like Santa’s, it is time to edit. Determine your goal first for sending them and then the process will be easier. If you wish to connect with a few family members, some handmade cards might be the trick.
If you are sending to dozens of members, business associates, or old friends too go ahead and get large packs and just include a simple ending. Get help from other family members and make sure multiple cards are not being sent, saving time again. Everyone is aware how hectic the time is and most likely will not harbor negative feelings if you skip them.
6. Focus on the Message
If the holiday message is what matters to you and not the add on extras that come with them, make people aware. It is fun to read a book or sing a song about your religious thoughts which can leave your children with some great memories that are gift-less but rich in love. Encourage them to donate, share their own thoughts on the holidays, and embrace the true reason for the season.
7. Narrow down
Setting limits for lists of gifts or wants is an absolute must. If given free reign, most (kids) can quickly spin out of control losing the focus of the holidays, not to mention your wallet capabilities. It is ok to encourage big dreams, but make sure they know how much you can do and what is appropriate, so they actually end up satisfied as well.
8. Play your Time Wisely
Create a schedule that is easy for you to accomplish so you may enjoy the holidays yourself. Combine shopping with friend time and you may get more opinions. Also gifts, so your good taste can go far.
9. Acquire Elves
Do not be afraid to ask for help. If you hate that Hone holiday chore like putting up lights, get a local to join the team. Hate cooking? Go the catering route; it is all about what will get the most happiness from these stressful days.
10. Break when Needed
Above all, factor in quiet time. Acknowledge the importance of the holidays, but do not forget to daily revive yourself so you can be all in. Put down the gifts and wrappings and enjoy one of your hobbies. Make yourself happy, so you can for others.