Sure, you love the holiday season--but just not so much of it! Isn't there some way to have a simpler--but more meaningful--Christmas celebration?
If you're aiming to simplify your holidays, take time now to ponder ways to cut stress, save money and tame over-the-top traditions. Setting simplicity strategies in place now will keep you from being swept up in next month's holiday madness.
Get armed! Try these ten simple strategies to calm holiday chaos this year.
Christmas card chores can feel overwhelming if done in a big gulp by a single hand. Spread the joy with a Christmas card round robin!
Draft all family members for the job, and divide cards among them. Each member starts with a different section of the list, writing a brief greeting. When finished, hand the card along the table to the next person, who adds his or her own greeting.
Christmas music and special snacks make the effort special, and sharing makes it fun. Season's greetings!
The liturgical season of Advent begins on Sunday, December 3. Will your family observe this time of preparation? Time to plan Advent observances!
For many families, the holidays present a challenge of values. How do you focus on the season's meaning when the celebration provides so many distractions?
Too often, the excitement seems to boil down to a round of gifts and goodies, with little thought to the deeper values underlying the fun.
One way to keep the reason in the season: Advent observances. Whether it's a customs like an Advent wreath, daily Scripture readings, or attendance at worship, plan Advent activities now. Entered in your calendar, they'll help your family keep the focus while enjoying the celebration.
If my mail as editor of Organized Christmas is any guide, there are a lot of tired holiday planners come December 26! Between holiday prep and the excitement of the Christmas season, self-care can go missing for many of us.
Fight back! Plan personal pampering sessions now, and add them to the holiday calendar.
"If Mama's not happy, nobody's happy"; your mood affects the whole family. If you find the season stressful, plan now for some personal pampering sessions during the coming weeks. A massage, a retreat, or even a gathering with girlfriends can be a welcome break during the season.
Better: look for ways to lighten the holiday load while you relax. Example: plan a gift-wrap party with friends. Setting aside an afternoon for cookies and coffee while you wrap gifts together converts a chore into fellowship and fun.
Cleaning out the refrigerator is a great time to track actual consumption. Food items that are thrown away signal that you're overbuying at the supermarket. Scale back--or cut out--these items on your next shopping trip ... and save.