Part 1 -Taking the Stress out of the Holidays
Let’s be real – the holidays can be a lot of fun but they can also be quite stressful for many of us. Between the shopping, party and meal planning, decorating, baking and cooking, extra cleaning, Christmas programs, and then there’s the parties themselves. Just the thought of it all is enough to make me a little stressed out – and tired!!
What should be a very joyous time of the year celebrating the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ, often dulled by the busyness and stress of the preparations. We rush from one thing to another trying to get everything checked off our long “to do” lists.
We become so busy and rushed that we lose the joy and wonder of the season.
So what can you do to reduce the stress and enjoy Christmas (and the surrounding events) more?
My #1 tip is to simplify!
- Simplify your gift giving. I love the idea of giving your children something they want, something they need, and something to read. Another fun idea is going away for a weekend (like a hotel with a waterpark) as a family instead of giving gifts or surprising your family with a vacation.
- Simplify your food. Holiday parties are more about the fellowship than the food. You can keep it simple and still have a great party. Plan some things that you can make ahead and freeze.
- Simplify your schedule. You don’t have to take in or be involved in everything. There may be lots of events going on that you COULD attend but that doesn’t mean you HAVE to. Don’t fill your schedule so full that you are rushing from one thing to another – not really enjoying anything. Pick the best and skip the rest!
Be intentional and simplify your life a little this Christmas season so you have less stress and more time to enjoy the true reason for the season.
How do you keep the holiday season less stressful?