Top Ten Ways to Avoid Being Less than Jolly During the Holiday Season
1. Make a plan and stick with it. Write down on your calendar what needs to be done and by when. This will keep you on track, as things become increasingly hectic.
2. Having a Hallmark Christmas would be wonderful, but let’s be realistic. More than likely not everything is going to turn out to be just the way you planned. Don’t try to make everything perfect. Do the best you can, and let the rest go.
3. Not everything has to be homemade. In today’s world, some of the best goodies and treats can be found in your supermarket. Decide which two or three cookies and candies you will make. Select one day or evening to bake and make, box or freeze the goodies, and call it done.
4. Make a budget and stick with it.If you are one of those organized savers that opens a Holiday Club account at your local bank, all you have to do is go to the bank and pick up your money. If you are like the rest of us, decide how much you can take out of your current budget. If you plan on using credit cards, decide how much you will charge, and keep track. Remember that you do have to pay them back beginning in January.
5. Homemade cards are wonderful, but do you really have time?Unless you began making your cards in June, forget it. Buying them will be just fine. Including a handwritten note in each one is a nice touch; however, unless you started six months ago, let it go. I know many people disdain those form holiday letters, but they are better than receiving a card that is simply signed Don and Diane. Since holiday cards are the only time we hear from some people, including a holiday letter helps us keep in touch with our once-a-year friends.
6. You do not have to attend every holiday event.Limit the number of holiday events you will attend. You simply don’t have the time to go to every single party, tree decorating event, and craft show that will be happening during this busy time of the year. Decide what you want to attend, RSVP in advance, and enjoy.
7. If you are hosting a party or holiday dinner, don’t try to cook it all.If you are hosting a holiday event, consider having some, if not all, of it catered. If that isn’t in the budget this year, ask the guest to bring their favorite dish to share. This way you will only have to provide some of the food and will have the time and energy to enjoy your guest.
8. Ask for help.You don’t have to do everything. Get the family involved. Everything is more fun when done with others. Get help decorating the tree, baking the goodies, and addressing the cards.
9. Don’t forget to take care of yourself.The holidays are not the time to abandon your routine. Keep going to the gym, eating healthy foods, and taking time to relax. The holidays can be stressful and keeping up with our self-care will help to reduce the stress and allow us to enjoy the season.
10. Remember what the holidays are all about.Beyond the gifts and glitter, this holiday is really about connecting with friends and family, and celebrating the love we have in our lives. Keep in mind what is important about this time of year. Celebrate the important things and relax in the joy of the season.