Stop doing these 10 things right now to save your time and sanity this holiday season.
1. Burning out making the holidays special
Believe it or not, the holidays aren’t going to be any more special if we exhaust ourselves putting up Pinterest worthy Christmas decorations or hosting the most elaborate holiday dinner. Instead of going over the top with every little detail, pick a few Christmas traditions that are important to you and your family. Involve your children and ask them what they would like to do. Don’t hesitate to try something new or change things up. Remember to keep it simple so you can spend less time organizing and more time enjoying.
2. Last-minute shopping
Mindless last-minute buying is the last thing you or anyone else needs. Start early, so you can purposely choose gifts that will resonate with the person you’re shopping for.
Clutter is adding too much noise to our already overwhelmed lives so think of alternatives to buying stuff. Consider purchasing consumables or experiences and limit the number of gifts you give your children. Download my free Ultimate Simplicity Gift Guide for 10 out-of-the-box, simple and beautiful gift ideas.
3. Saying “Yes” to everything
It’s nice to go to a holiday party or two but saying “yes” to every bake sale, party, children’s party, and family gathering is nothing but exhausting. You’re not doing anyone any favours but saying “yes” out of necessity or obligation. Spend time with the people you really want to be with and only participate in the activities that light you up and add to the joy of the season.
Mama must: Stop overscheduling and start enjoying the holidays.
No matter what our budget or financial situation, during the holidays we have the tendency to spend like it’s going out of style. This year, set a budget and stick to it by tracking your spending. It’s easy to get caught up in the latest sale or special so be mindful of every dollar. Encourage yourself to save by making a special family fund for a trip or exciting adventure in the New Year that you can deposit any savings in to.
5. Not embracing Hygge
The Danish concept of Hygge has been gaining momentum over recent years and with good reason. Hygge is all about getting cozy – think candles, blankets, hot chocolate and spending quality time with our loved ones. Put the phone down and pull out the good old fashioned board games, watch a holiday movie or invite a few friends over for a potluck dinner. Comfort, ease and intimacy are key.
Mama must: Reign in the indulging mentality during the holidays.
6. Being distracted
Your children might not remember the number of toys they received during Christmas, but they will remember how you made them feel. Was there a present Mama baking cookies with them or snuggling with them just before bed? Or an overwhelmed Mama, barking at them to not make a mess before the big family Christmas dinner? This year, focus on what matters, instead of draining your energy on what doesn’t.
7. Making the holidays Instaworthy
Do yourself a favour and get a nice family holiday photo out of the way even if it means scheduling a holiday mini-shoot with a photographer or visiting Santa early. Then permit yourself to put the camera down, put on those cozy Christmas pyjamas, sip on eggnog and belt out your favourite holiday tune. Taking a million photos all of the time that we rarely have the time to go through is not the point, enjoying the moment is.
Indulging our kids, our home and our bodies with too much stuff and excess is not a mandatory requirement of the holiday season and it shouldn’t be. Our kids don’t need every toy to be happy, and we don’t need more stuff at home, or even more unhealthy food in our bodies. It’s wonderful to let loose and have fun but set healthy limits for you and your loved ones. Your body will thank you.
9. Forgetting the true meaning of Christmas
Every child knows about Santa bringing toys at Christmas but do our children know the true meaning of the season? Teach them by sharing a story of what Christmastime means or embrace the true spirit of the season by adopting a family in need or volunteering. That will leave a lasting impression more than any toy you could buy.
10. Making everyone else a priority but yourself
This year, after you’re done taking care of everyone and everything else, take care of you. Maybe that means a mama’s only pedicure party after Christmas or a quiet day at home with hot chocolate and a good book. Make yourself a priority this holiday season by slowing down and doing something just for you.
The holidays aren’t meant to be this crazy, hectic time. This year, I challenge you to commit to doing things differently. Start by sharing what you are going to stop doing this year Mama.