If you took a trip back into my Christmas past you would have met a frazzled Mom. I was exhausted and totally overwhelmed by my Christmas preparations. I was overtired and frustrated by all the things on my never ending to do list. Something had to give, because I was taking out my frustration on my family. It was time to simplify Christmas.
Sucked into a trap
When I took a long hard look at the way I was doing Christmas, I realized that I had been sucked into the trap of more. Each year I told myself that more was needed. We did this last year, so we have to do even more this year to make it better.
I quickly realized that all this extra stuff didn’t actually make Christmas more magical. In fact it made it less fun for everyone. I recognized that a simpler approach worked better. It wasn’t perfect, but it was enough. The few things that truly made Christmas for our family were in place and the rest of it wasn’t needed.
When it comes to Christmas there is always something more you can do. Something else to decorate, buy, bake, craft, wrap, and eat. (I’m sure that you could add my the list!)
The word that helped me simplify Christmas
I gave myself permission to say, “Enough” and suddenly found it was easy to simplify Christmas. Now I want to pass on this word to you. When you are feeling frazzled you have permission to say, “Enough!” Instead of running around like a mad fiend you could
- Lie under the tree with your kids and look up at the lights.
- Snuggle together as you watch your favorite Christmas movie.
- Sit quietly for five minutes with a cup of your favorite beverage.
- Embrace the imperfection
- Read a book.
- Have a bubble bath.
- Sit and chat with your love.
- Focus on what’s truly important
I recently saw the Christmas season described as
“Spending days and nights in frenzied cooking and decorating, enduring crowds to buy piles of gifts, and attending to a calendar chock-full of obligations. The funny thing is, at the end of all the huzzah and hurrah, many of us are exhausted rather than exhilarated.” Donata Maggipinto
Does it sound familiar? That was me all those years ago and I was so exhausted. We are in the final weeks of the holiday preparations. Why not give yourself permission to say, “Enough?” Then go right ahead and simplify your Christmas. Maybe you could
- Cross something off your to-do list
- Cut back on a few gifts
- Put up fewer decorations
- Graciously say no to a few invitations
- Do less baking (or do none)
- Send out fewer cards
Then go and do something you truly enjoy with your family.
How does that sound? The holiday season is here. Don’t you deserve the chance to embrace the magic?
How could you simplify your Christmas? In what areas of your preparations could you say, “Enough.”
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