True story: two years ago I found myself in my therapist’s office by early December because I stressed myself out so much about the holidays. I don’t recommend it (stress, not therapy…I always recommend therapy. A good therapist is your best accessory).
Since then I’ve pulled together everything I’ve learned from my mistakes and from my mother’s innate ability to entertain like Martha Stewart and made some tweaks to my holiday routine. Last year, I was not stressed in November and December. Success! I plan to be stressless (is that a word, Stress-LESS, STRESS-less…you get the idea) again this year.
Each Monday from now through Christmas I’ll be sharing a couple of tips on how to grab December by the ear and show it who is boss. I heard once that “moms don’t ENjoy, they GIVE joy”. I’m calling bullshit because you can totally do both. Scroll down for this week’s tips and don’t forget to subscribe to the blog to have them delivered to your inbox each Monday!
WEEK 1: WEEK BEFORE THANKSGIVING
Okay, there are about SIX weeks until Christmas (and about FOUR weeks until Hannukah). This week I’m making a Holiday Bucket List with my people, Mama is scheduling in some ‘me time’ for the week before Christmas and the huz and I are discussing our holiday budget. If you host Thanksgiving, then you should probably figure out what you’re making, what your people are bringing and get a grocery list together. Bonus points if you go buy all the non-perishables this week!
Make a Christmas Bucket List
Trust me on this. The next month and a half will fly by! You know it’s true! And if you’re like me, you have a whole list of fun things you want to do then the calendar gets filled up and there are no more weekends left and then Christmas is over. I’ll be honest, we’ve never done this before but I’m starting the tradition now. Write down all the fun winter activities you and your people want to get in before the end of the year. Then start finding the time to do them. This way, you’re GIVING joy to your people while EN-joying the season. And that, my friends is multitasking: level infinity!
I’ll share ours when it’s finished!
Schedule your pre-Christmas ‘me time’
Do it. Do it now. Make a coffee date with yourself, schedule a massage or take a long bath with a glass of wine the week of Christmas. You’ll have time because you’ll be ready. And you’ll decompress before the celebrations begin. It’s good for your mind, your body and your sanity.
Discuss a Holiday Budget…UGH
This is the last Christmas-related thing I’m doing this week and you should too. Sitting down and figuring out the Christmas budget. With wine, obviously, because numbers are boring. This one is super annoying and all my husband’s idea (lol. Kidding, not kidding) But, I mean, I guess he’s kinda sorta right because when we stick relatively close (operative word being ‘relatively’) to our budget we’re much less stressed (stress LESS). So sit down and hash it out. Who are you buying for, how much are you spending on them, how much do holiday cards cost (don’t forget stamps), what are you cooking this season, who in your house needs new clothes, etc. Figure it out and try your darnedest to stick to it. Your January self will thank you.
Great job! You’re off and running on the road to a Stress-less Holiday Season. Check back next Monday for Part 2 of this ‘Stress Less this Holiday Season (for real)” series. Heck, put your email in the box below and I’ll deliver Part 2 right to you! Now go live in the moment and eat something great from your kids’ Halloween candy.