When I first decided to write a post about Christmas, I was so excited to share the traditions we have created for our family, but after several attempts I realized that I wasn’t feeling it. The truth is that as much as I wanted to get into the Christmas spirit this year I kind of failed. Things felt rushed and even though we were still able to keep most of our traditions alive… some felt forced and others like sending out Christmas cards simply didn’t happen. I know that my migraines are to blame for my mood and lack of energy to get things done, but I also feel that this is the world we live in today… Always on the move! Always in a rush!! I mean seriously, Halloween hadn’t passed when Christmas was already exploding everywhere! Who can keep up with that?! I know I can’t!
Well, this year I was over it… so I made it a point to give us one day where we just dropped everything and actually enjoyed Christmas. I took the kids to see Santa. I really wanted a picture of all 3 kids with him since Vicky will be 18 next year 😢 and I’m not sure she’ll be willing to do it again.
At home, I made us some hot chocolate and sugar cookies. We started the fire and made s’mores in our fireplace. We watched The Polar Express and we camped out in the living room next to our Christmas tree. It was perfect & just what we needed! But now all I keep thinking is how I want more nights like this, and what I’m going to do differently to alleviate the pressure & actually enjoy Christmas next year.
So here are a few things I came up with…
- Plan Christmas activities for the month. This year we missed a few events and tried to squeeze some others at the last minute.
- Finish ALL Christmas shopping by December 10th. That gives us 15 days to enjoy the festivities without worrying about shopping.
- Wrap gifts as they are purchased. Every year I wait until Christmas Eve to wrap and then I’m completely miserable on Christmas day! This year I finished wrapping at 4:45am!!! 😪
- Take Christmas pictures by December 15th so that I can…
- Send out Christmas cards! I’ve done this for years and I’m always sad when I don’t get around to doing it.
- Plan activities for our Elf on the shelf ahead of time. It’s just easier when there’s a plan on what Joaquin will be doing instead of scrambling at night or first thing in the morning.
I know these changes are very basic, but I feel that with a little planning this can be the answer to a less stressful Christmas next year.
For now we are just grateful for the good times and the opportunity to learn from the stressful ones. In the end we always make the best of things and our time together.
Do you have any ideas on how to survive the craze of the holiday season? What lessons have you learned from the past years? Do you think any of these ideas can help you? Please share… I’d love to hear from you.