The holidays are a fun, magical time, especially for the littles, but the holidays can be stressful for us parents too. It may be a monetary stress, time stress or relationship/emotion stress. Here are some tips to create holiday simplicity.
Be blessed and we wish you a joyous holiday season!
- Make gifts and cards: With a simple search on Pinterest or other hub site you can find easy homemade gifts and gifts that kids can make.
- Donate time or do a mini-charity drive as a family to local non-profit: Nothing fills us more than the gift of a giving heart. December 3rd is also “Giving Tuesday” if you decide to give monetarily.
- Set a gift budget: It’s very easy to get carried away with gift giving during the holiday season. Set a budget and stick to it!
- Choose your holiday celebrations wisely and don’t overcommit: Do you have meaningful celebrations that serve as an annual tradition? A dinner at the Grandparents or attending the town Christmas parade? Whatever your tradition, celebrate with a sense of fun, and model that behavior for the kids.
- Focus on one or two dishes to shine during a holiday meal: As our resident expert, Debra, of Practical Pantry has shared with us – focus on one or two dishes in the meal and make them the star.
- Commit to a family activity: Spending time as a family is a wonderful way to celebrate the winter season. Some ideas are a nature scavenger hunt, play a game, put on a play/puppet show, have a dance party or read a holiday book out-loud together.
- Host/Arrange work parties or other group celebrations until the New Year: January is great time to celebrate and often times, more availability, to party.
- Traveling? If possible, travel during daylight hours to keep everyone on schedule, especially the littles. Pack games, snacks and take frequent leg-stretch breaks to help break-up car-fatigue.
- Practice self-care: Remember to take care of yourself so you can be your best self (and stave off the cold/flu).
- Enjoy and reflect: Consider journaling or keeping a gratitude memory jar. Sometimes our loved ones may not be with us at the holidays and a journal, scrapbook or is a great way to share precious memories with our children and each-other.