The holiday season is upon us, and is anyone else already feeling the pressure? Between schedules, shopping, gifts, hosting, and/or traveling, it’s a chaotic time of year. The holiday season can bring mixed emotions along with the chaos. This year, we mourned the loss of Brandon’s aunt, but rejoiced in the new life of my niece, Madison, and my nephew coming in March. It’s a complicated time of year full of emotion. Over the years, I have gotten better at simplifying our season, so here’s a few tips to help you survive the holiday season.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself.
The holidays can come with unrealistic expectations. Hallmark movies and even just commercials can make the holidays seem more magical than our current situations seem to be. When I was battling postpartum depression, one thing that my therapist said that stuck with me was to keep my expectations low. The more you idealize something, the more disappointed you end up being when it doesn’t turn out that way. Remember, no one has the perfect holiday or the perfect family!
There is nothing worse than having to run out at the last minute for things like hostess gifts, grocery items, or gifts. I try to plan ahead as much as I can to eliminate the last minute rush! I stock up on Wente Wine for hostess gifts, or to have on hand for impromptu guests. It makes the perfect companion for a holiday meal or while you stay up late wrapping gifts.
Say YES to the things that are the most important.
Over-budgeting time during the holidays is one of the hardest things in my opinion. Between friends that want to get together, work related parties, kids school stuff, and of course, just the family gatherings, it can be hard to keep your schedule in check. When we aren’t at an event, I try to get the kids to bed as close to their normal time as possible. This allows for some time for just my husband and I, or even just me, to relax and unwind. We all need some time to recharge! Those evenings, I like to curl up with a glass of Wente wine and a Christmas movie, and regroup for what I know will be another busy day. It’s okay to say no to the things that you don’t have your whole heart into, or the things that make your schedule even crazier.
Here’s to navigating the magic and mayhem of the holidays! May your wine glass be as full as your heart, and that you can spend time enjoying this season without the stress.
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