What does your December look like? A crazy calendar, Christmas activities galore, never ending to-do lists and the pressure to be making festive memories with your family? Please believe me when I say it CAN be different this year. You can slow down, do less and find more time to enjoy the wonders of the season. Now who wouldn't want that?
It does seem counter intuitive to do less at this time of year doesn’t it? So often it feels like filling the season with a list of activities collected from Pinterest, will create the kind of memories we want our children to keep for a lifetime.
But when you think about it, doing less leaves more room for family, your treasured traditions, and the true spirit of Christmas. Here are five things you can do this year to do just that!
1. Follow your heart
Don’t commit yourself to every celebration within a 5 mile radius! Ask yourself ‘will this add to the festive season?’, ‘is this how I want to spend my time?’ or ‘will this take peace away from my Christmas?’. Do not overfill your calendar, as you will feel overwhelmed which is exactly what we are trying to avoid!
2. Get the family involved
Sit down together as a family and discuss what traditions you would like to keep. What are their favourite memories so far? Is there something you have wanted to do for years but never had enough time? Discuss how you want to feel over the festive period and think of ways to get this, without going overboard.
3. Planning and Preparation!
Get started early on your to-do list. There are some tasks, such as shopping for food and gifts which are inevitable. But thankfully, nothing reduces stress and anxiety like early preparation! Aim to finish the bulk of your to-do’s by November 30th, so you can enjoy December for what it is and not worry about what you have yet to do.
4. Tighten those purse strings
One of the biggest areas of stress is finances. Why not reign back your spend and find smart ways to make your money go further this year? The thought of starting the New Year with no debt is priceless!
5. Track, track, track
Monitor what you are buying and how much your are spending. I don’t know about you but I would often go into the top of my wardrobe, pull down the gifts and find out I had bought duplicates, couldn’t find things I had bought and forgot some of the things I did buy! It is much easier to keep track of it as you go so that you know the status and what is still left to be done. I keep it all electronic so I can access it wherever I am.
These five things should greatly impact your festive happiness. When it feels as though the stress is creeping in, go back to the conversation you had with your family where you talked about what Christmas means to you and what you want it to be. Anchor yourself in that, take a deep breath and RELAX!
Keep that desire and it will come to you – you can have a slow and merry Christmas – I promise.