Are you as shocked as we are that Thanksgiving is just a week away? To add a little fun to the craziness of the upcoming weeks, we thought it would be fun to put together a little A-Z guide to enjoying the holidays. So here are our suggestions for having a successful and fun holiday season.(Side note, we may have taken a few liberties with some of the letters on our list, but it is all in good fun!)
Admit you can’t do everything. Shouldn’t we all just start the season with the realization that we can’t do everything or at least that we can’t do everything without help? So if you are sending out cards, have the whole family help or instead of making 12 kinds of cookies, pick your very favorite and enjoy making those instead of having the whole process feel like a burden.
Budget. It sure makes the holidays a lot less stressful if you make a budget and stick to it!
Calm. Remain calm. Even if you eat an hour after your ideal time, no one will starve. Everything that needs to get done will get done, so take a deep breath and take one thing at a time.
Drink responsibly. We’re all for everyone having fun, but we want everyone to have a happy and safe holiday season.
Eggnog. I personally am not a fan, but I’m told it is important to the holidays!
Family and friends. Spend time with the important people in your life, it is the true meaning of the holidays.
Go with the flow. Keep an open mind about plans that may change or pop up at the last minute. You don’t want to miss out on something great just because it didn’t fit into your original plan.
Have fun. Enough said.
Involve. If you have kids involve them in the preparations of the holidays. Whether it be making place cards for Thanksgiving dinner or helping to wrap presents, involving them creates memories and gives them a sense of pride.
Joy. Find the joy in the everyday little things. Choose to be joyful.
Kids. Let the holidays bring out the kid in you. Play in the snow, make a gingerbread house, and if you have kids, spend time with them…it means more than any other present they could receive.
Laugh. They say laughter is the best medicine, so if your turkey is dry and your potatoes are burnt or whatever happens, laugh and think about what a great story you’ll have to tell later.
Movies. Watch your favorite movies. It really doesn’t feel like the holidays without The Grinch and Miracle on 34th Street.
No. It is OK to say No during the holidays (and really any time of the year). Don’t take on more than you can handle, and don’t take on anything that takes the joy out of the holidays.
Observe. Sometimes we get so caught up in the hustle and bustle that we don’t take any time to sit back and take in our surroundings. So, take a minute sit back and take it all in.
Plan. Going with the flow is great, but if you have no plan at all chaos will ensue. Have a plan, but be flexible.
Quit comparing yourself to others. Comparison is the thief of joy.
Read. Read your favorite holiday stories to the kids in your life. Really, who can resist a good telling of The Night before Christmas?
Sleep. Don’t forget to take some time to rest so you can enjoy the moments as they happen.
Tolerance. Whether it be while you’re out shopping or when your kids are all hopped up on sugar, be tolerant. It makes the season so much more peaceful when everyone shows a little patience.
Unwind. It is perfectly understandable to need a little “down time” during the holidays. Make sure you are taking care of yourself and carve out a little “me” time during the craziness.
Volunteer. There are so many people in need all year long, but especially this time of the year. Give back of your time and talents, we’re betting you get back more than you give.
Write a letter. I realize this may fall into the category of doing too many things, but maybe just pick a person or two to write a letter to or have your kids write a letter to just to tell them you’re thinking of them. Who doesn’t love mail that isn’t a bill or junk?
Xoxo. There can never be too many hugs and kisses over the holidays.
Yes. The holidays are all about a balancing act. Say yes to things that bring you joy, playing a game with your kids, reading a book, shopping with a friend or a spontaneous dinner invitation. These things all make the holidays more memorable.
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Happy Holidays Everyone!