As we enter the holiday season, it's easy to become overwhelmed. We want to create a season of magic and happy memories for our loved ones.
In years past, we usually have to-do lists that are a mile long. We shop to we drop in order to choose the perfect gifts (and over-extend the budget). We bake and cook for an army. We attend as many holiday festivities as possible and can be found frantically wrapping gifts late into the night on Christmas Eve.
Then we wonder why we are utterly exhausted and feel more like the Grinch come Christmas morning!
This year let's do things differently.
My wish for you is that you may slow down and savor the joy and the magic of the season. Let our focus not be on material things but on extending love and goodwill to our fellow man - even those who seem unloveable. Let us be compassionate and caring to one another.
~ Give yourself permission to take time out for yourself. Self-care is a priority in order to avoid burn-out.
~ Gather your family together and ask what holiday traditions that enjoy the most and focus on those. You do not have to do every-single-thing. Your family wants a happy wife and mother, not a frazzled one.
~ Practice the art of saying, "We have a previous engagement, but thank you for thinking of us." when you are bombarded with party invitations.
~ Give yourself permission to keep holiday decor simple. You don't have to decorate every nook and cranny.
~ Give gifts from the heart. The amount spent is not what is important. Give what you and you're budget are comfortable with. Perhaps, you decide to opt out of gift-giving all together, preferring to spend time instead of money with the ones you love.
The point is - give yourself permission to create a holiday season built on your preferences. Decide what YOU really want and need and let that guide you. Your holiday doesn't have to look like anyone else's.
Decide to do it your way.