Are you swimming in your Holiday To Do List?
Grabbing your coffee or tea on the run and feeling the pressure for everything to be perfect?
During busy holiday seasons, or even seasons when family commitments abound and pile high on your plate, it is easy to be too focused on that looming to-do list.
We can become so burdened with a whirlwind of errands, making the best Christmas cookies, or having the kids finish off their Math assignments before you declare “Christmas Break”, that we fall short in taking time to breathe and enjoy the season with our family.
Trying to create a perfect holiday by piling more on our plates without removing other things is a recipe for disaster.
Life is all about give and take.
We are far from perfect.
You know that rule about shopping?
Where if you buy something new to bring into your home, a piece of décor or even clothing, then at least one thing you previously had has to go?
What if, during these busy times of preparation we apply the same principle?
What can you remove from your busy schedule in order to have more fun during the holidays?
Really think about this!
There is something you can put off or not do or even allow yourself to say “this is good enough”!
In our home, we change up our homeschool schedule and learning during the weeks leading up to Christmas. (See “Holiday Traditions and Homeschooling”) My kids are still learning, but this allows us time to prepare for Christmas together v.s. me running around feeling all worn-out in the last days before Christmas.
You should also know that even though I change things up and strive to have things run smoothly, there are still days where things are very real and messy. Days where despite my best efforts I can feel the pressure.
As parents, we want every holiday to feel special and dare I say we even strive for perfection.
But Guess What?
Your kids version of a perfect Christmas and your version are probably a bit different.
Kids remember the little things you do as a family, like the time you had a picnic by the Christmas tree, or when you let them use glitter for their crafts, and your favourite carols playing in the background.
(Yes, I know how messy glitter is, take a deep breath and let it happen, I promise you will survive. 😉 )
As much as it is nice to have family traditions, it is okay to acknowledge that some years those traditions might be too much of a burden. You can let it go and use this as an opportunity to create a fun and new memory!
The other day, I was rushing around and I could tell my kids just wanted to have fun.
So, we packed up and headed out to pick up some new decorations. Once home, we laid a nice table cloth and sat together at our ‘fancy’ table to eat a simple lunch complete with some hot chocolate. S-I-M-P-L-E !
We had such a great day!
Time spent with our family where we are free from distractions and can have focused time with our children is a way to create special memories and happy hearts!
Today, take time to hangout and do something fun or even silly together – it will be good for all of you!
Want more inspiration?
Check out my friend Kendra’s series: 5 Days of Making Christmas Memories – Stress Free!
She shares some very real, down to earth advice for all of us!