We’ve got tips for less stress during holidays to get your holly jolly groove back (for the Not So Jolly Mom). If the most wonderful time of the year tends to leave you running in circles and chasing your tail, we’ve got real solutions for you. Mom, it’s time to get your holly jolly groove back!
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Less Stress During Holidays
Stress less over Christmas holidays by letting go of perfection and enjoying the things which matter most. These 1o tips for a holly jolly Christmas season can help the stressed out mom get her groove back! It really is possible to have less stress during holidays.
Let go of perfection
You don’t have to compete with Martha Stewart or the Jones’s. Really. Enjoy little imperfections as a part of this season in life. It isn’t always easy for those of us who may be itching to make sure all the ornaments are spread evenly on the Christmas tree (a-hem). But, why not laugh about how cute the kids placed them instead? I may or may not actually pull this one off — but I am not going to sweat it either way. Right?
I have been that mom who redoes the tree after kids go to bed. And, that is ok, as long as you aren’t stressing out and adding to your workload just to be perfect. Enjoy the time together and stress less over Christmas holidays. It’s not just Christmas that can cause stress in our lives, check out The Stress-Less LifeTM to learn how to reduce stress in your daily life.
Remember the important things
When you start to stress over details, remember the kids will care and remember more about the little traditions and things you do together than having too many gifts. Spend more time playing family games and drinking cocoa and less time worrying.
Too many obligations will suck the joy right out of you. Just DON’T DO it! (think — opposite of Nike) Pick a handful of things which matter most to your family and let go of the rest.
Think out of the box to integrate as many household, seasonal, and homeschooling projects as possible — go here for more ideas for combining homeschool subjects and projects.
Making a list and checking it twice
. . . can keep you from forgetting something that is important. Create a “top 5” list for each day and let go of less important things. It can give you a lot of peace of mind to know you have critical matters covered.
Make running the household a family affair
Get everyone involved in deep cleaning to get ready for Christmas. Pump up the volume on the boom box (totally just dated myself) and assign chores. Create a 20 — 30 minute daily routine for the household — to keep things in good condition. ven little ones can help by emptying bathroom trash, wiping down tables, and light dusting to freshen things up. Make “clutter buster runs” through the house as a family. Set a timer for 15 minutes and have everyone pick up and put things away. Stash a bin in a closet or laundry room to catch things that still need a home. Many hands make light work — don’t go it alone!
Wrap a few gifts each night
Once the kids go to bed (especially if you have a large family) wrap a few gifts each night in the weeks leading up to Christmas so you aren’t stuck stressing over it on Christmas Eve.
Pair down the menu
Especially while the kids are young, the time is better spent hanging out with them than slaving over hot stove. Choose 3-5 special must-have items or family recipes and let the whole family help in preparation.
. . . at church or at a local shelter, deliver handmade cards (or store bought ones) to the neighbors. It is better to give than to receive — serving with your children will also teach them to be grateful for what they already have.
Revel in the little things
. . . like reading about the real Christmas story out loud together as a family. Make cookies together, listen to Christmas music, sit by the Christmas tree and have hot chocolate, do a few simple Christmas crafts or make homemade gifts together, watch family Christmas movies and enjoy those cookies, take a family walk to look at lights in the neighborhood.
Focus on Jesus and
These are the things which matter most. This is really sharing Christmas! It is possible to enjoy less stress during holidays, and get your groove back. Moms set the ‘tone’ for the home. Letting go of stress and perfectionism, and focusing on Jesus can make all the difference. You can never go wrong when you keep your eyes on Him.
I hope these tips will help you get the most out of your time with family this year and to remember the real reason for the season!