Suddenly, we are in the midst of the holiday season. While I hope we are all taking time to celebrate and slow down, I’m sure some of us are feeling overwhelmed, busy, and worn out. It’s easy to get bogged down by shopping for gifts and creating the perfect holiday season for our families. Oftentimes, the season comes and goes without us slowing down to appreciate this time of year.
If you are feeling caught up in the hustle and bustle, here are 8 ways to make this season a meaningful one for you and your family…
'Tis the Season to Be Merry!
NOT the season to be stressed out, busy, and spent…
Each Day Counts
To spread out the holiday season, do something each day. Yes, the little things count. Read a holiday-themed book. Drive around and look at the lights. Your littles will love turning this holiday into a season instead of a single day!
Get Everyone Involved
As a mom, there is sometimes pressure to do it ALL. Divvy out jobs and make everyone help out. Wrap presents together while watching a holiday movie. Decorate the tree with hot cocoa in hand. Have your littles help with putting stamps on your holiday cards…
Don't Go Overboard on Gifts
The truth is, less is more. Setting a limit on gifts (either the number or the dollar amount) is a good way to keep everything under control. Kids especially do so much better when they have just a few special things to open, rather than a pile of toys.
Decide What Matters
As a family, decide what you want the holidays to look like. If you want to take a winter hike on a Saturday morning, make time for it. If you are overwhelmed by the number of parties you are supposed to attend, feel free to decline an invite or two. The holidays are what you make them!
Put the Camera Down
Believe me, I LOVE taking pictures of every little thing. But make sure you aren’t going overboard. Put the camera down once in awhile so you can enjoy the moment for what it is.
Go All Out
With Pinterest and Pottery Barn on the mind, we sometimes feel the need to go ALL OUT on every little thing. Elaborate breakfasts, decor in every room of the house, matching outfits for the entire family, etc. Instead of being bogged down by the pressure to do it all, choose just one thing that you go all out on.
Set Aside Time to Relax
This time of year, it’s so important to slow down. Whether you set aside a half hour each night or make Saturday mornings your down time, make sure you make it a priority to catch your breath and relax.
What Matters Most
Whatever the reason for the season is for you, make sure to remember and reflect on it!