Fact. The holidays are a stressful time.
We may dream of a Norman Rockwell Christmas, but reality is probably closer to National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation!
You can make this your best Christmas ever.
Reduce the unnecessary stresses.
Take – or make! – time to enjoy the special things that only come with this time of year.
Start With Gratitude
Always the best place to begin. Before the gifts and treats, take a moment to reflect on all of your blessings of the year. Look at all of the good you have in your life. Be grateful especially for the littlest things.
Keep It Simple
Releasing expectations is going to simplifying your holidays. If you over-schedule yourself with stuff to do, shopping, parties and travel you will be stressed and will miss out on the peace and beauty of the season. When you entertain family and friends, do it without aiming for perfection. Keep your traditions, they make us feel connected and truly connect us to something larger than ourselves. Light candles, the glow of candlelight creates magic and warmth.
Set A Budget, Stay Within It
If you know how much you are going to spend this Christmas, then shopping becomes much easier. Don’t feel pressured to spend more than you intend. And don’t pile on extra stress with last minute shopping! I love the idea of creating your own gift card offering something nice… to share a meal out, a coupon for chores, going to a movie together. The options are fun and endless, and best of all personalized!