The sound of that first holiday tune – often it comes dragged out on a wave of stuffy air in the drugstore. Music has a way of releasing the memories...
So why the sudden slight stiffness in the shoulders? We all know.
It’s all the planning, doing, and spending to come.
Every family member gets celebrated. Every colleague has to be somewhere. Every friend is to be seen. But how can we relax those shoulders and enjoy these fabulous month-long celebrations?
Here are our ideas to help with all the stressful planning that is likely to already be well underway.
The December year end is about celebrating our different communties – family, friends and work.
Keep a hypnotic like focus on those people who matter to you. Perhaps even list them out... Say yes to things that involve seeing them. Say no to those which don’t.
2. “Traditions were made by dead people”
I am not sure who first said this but it is a great statement. Modernize family, work and friend traditions to fit today's schedules and desires.
Recipes can be the hardest to let go of. Stay with the overall idea - just evolve the process.
Baking whole fish is easier than frying individual pieces. Let people bring side dishes. If you have more than one holiday meal, consider catering one of them.
“Less is more” is a great saying but doesn’t it seem to be harder to find something meaningful and spend less money, especially when you are short of time, which we always are.
Even Amazon shopping involves having an idea.
Have you ever considered the gift of time? Maybe babysitting for someone tight on cash. Going to see a show with someone and you each pay your own ticket. No one wants or needs more junk to stuff in their closets.
P.S. Kids – they really do need so much less than we think. Go creative or find anything that gets them outside in nature. It’s really okay to bring down their expectations.
4. Enjoying the days
Have a general plan for how much you can do and still enjoy the day. Take breaks between festivities. Nap. Read a magazine. Go for a walk. And remember that your sleep is a prerequisite to showing up for yourself and all those around you. Try for a full day gap after multi day entertaining.
5. Have a budget
Yes, then have a back-up cash stash for the overspend you will do.
Think of all the things you achieved this year. Think of all the good things that happened
Breathe. Say thank you – there is always something to be grateful for.
Be especially grateful for the people in your life. Even the ones who annoy you... They're probably the ones that help you to grow.
Holidays are about celebrating our community. Thank you for being a part of ours.