10 Ways to Stress Less Over Christmas Holidays this year! If the most wonderful time of the year tends to leave you running in circles and chasing your tail, we’ve got real solutions for you. Even Super Santa Mom cannot do it all!
10 Ways to Stress Less Over Christmas Holidays
Stress less over Christmas holidays by letting go of perfection and enjoying the things which matter most. These 1o tips for a holly jolly Christmas season should help!
- Let go of perfection — You don’t have to compete with Martha Stewart or the Jones’s. Really. Enjoy the imperfections as a part of this season in life. It isn’t always easy for those of us who may be itching to make sure all the ornaments are spread evenly on the Christmas tree. But, why not laugh about how cute the kids placed them instead? (I may or may not pull this one off — but I am not going to sweat it either way)
I have been that mom who redoes the tree after kids go to bed. And, that is ok, as long as you aren’t stressing out and adding to your workload just to be perfect. Enjoy the time together and stress less over Christmas holidays.
- Remember the important things — When you start to stress over details, remember the kids will care and remember more about the little traditions and things you do together than having too many gifts. Spend more time playing family games and drinking cocoa and less time worrying.
- Say no! Too many obligations will suck the joy right out of you. Just DON’T DO it! (think — opposite of Nike) Pick a handful of things which matter most to your family and let go of the rest.
- Combine projects — think out of the box to integrate as many household, seasonal, and homeschooling projects as possible — go here for more ideas for combining homeschool subjects and projects.
- Making a list and checking it twice can keep you from forgetting something that is important. Create a “top 5” list for each day and let go of less important things. It can give you a lot of peace of mind to know you have critical matters covered.
- Put some FUN into your homeschooling – you don’t have to hit everything on your homeschool list. Combine subjects and teach kids together with unit studies and fun hands on learning!
- Go to RELAXED Homeschool mode – Enjoy family discussions in the kitchen while preparing meals and reinforce what you’ve studied and read that day. Cookie baking time isn’t just for mom. Use that time to do some teaching – casually, discussion style!
Make running the household a family affair
Get everyone involved in deep cleaning to get ready for Christmas. Pump up the volume on the boom box (totally just dated myself) and assign chores. Create a 20 — 30 minute daily routine for the household — to keep things in good condition. Even little ones can help by emptying bathroom trash, wiping down tables, and light dusting to freshen things up. Make “clutter buster runs” through the house as a family. Set a timer for 15 minutes and have everyone pick up and put things away. Stash a bin in a closet or laundry room to catch things that still need a home. Many hands make light work — don’t go it alone!
- Wrap a few gifts each night once the kids go to bed (especially if you have a large family) so you aren’t stuck stressing over it on Christmas Eve.
- Pair down the menu. Especially while the kids are young, the time is better spent hanging out with them than slaving over hot stove. Choose 3-5 special must-have items or family recipes and let the whole family help in preparation.
More Ways to Stress Less During Christmas Holidays
- Serve together at church or at a local shelter, deliver handmade cards (or store bought ones) to the neighbors. It is better to give than to receive — serving with your children will also teach them to be grateful for what they already have.
- Revel in the little things — like reading about the real Christmas story out loud together as a family. Make cookies together, listen to Christmas music, sit by the Christmas tree and have hot chocolate, do a few simple Christmas crafts or make homemade gifts together, watch family Christmas movies and enjoy those cookies, take a family walk to look at lights in the neighborhood.
These are the things which matter most. This is really sharing Christmas! It is actually possible to stress less over Christmas holidays. I hope these tips will help you get the most out of your time with family this year and to remember the real reason for the season!
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