This holiday season is going by so fast! I’m sure you’ve heard that before and maybe you even feel it. Sometimes that’s a good thing and sometimes it’s a bad thing- guess it all depends on your perspective and how much shopping you feel you
have still have to do! Deep breaths. All will be well (and my last minute gift guide is coming out this week 🙂 So you’re going to be just fine. Promise.
So if you’re a mom with any human interaction with other moms (even just the moms you hear about or whose news feeds you stalk on Facebook -please tell me that’s not just me!!!?!?) you probably have some ideas about what EVERYBODY else does to celebrate the holidays. Let’s just say that need be nothing more than INFORMATION.
The holidays are an awesome time to try to keep up with the Joneses-if you’re really into self torture. If not. Then go read this blog post and pay special attention to 1. Be You.
Okay, now that you’re back.
If you’re anything like me (which for your sake I pray that you aren’t ;), at least in the sense of feeling like you have all this pressure to do certain things, I think I have some good tips for you. This year I’ve changed up my whole plan and my way of looking at things and so far so good.
Here’s what I’m doing. My disclaimer is to remember that we each need to stay true to who we are so if these tips seem bogus or like they wont help then forget about them. Come up with your own tips! These may be a help though…
Keep it Simple.
It’s easy for me to get carried away and feel like I need to do the most elaborate decorations, and every single craft known to man. My kids must go to every holiday event and see Santa 4000 times. If not I suck. That’s just not true. I will tell you what is true and that is that the more complicated I make it, the more stressed and crazy I get. Which defeats my whole purpose in the first place. If my ultimate goal here is to enjoy and let my children enjoy and my husband (who takes the first blows of my insanity generally) then I must keep it simple.
One Thing at a Time.
I’m a chronic multi-tasker. I’ve talked about it here before. This is one of the posts that explains what multi-tasking does to me, it speeds me up! This is one that I actually have to remind myself of often. I get stuck in my old habits of oh but while the cookies are baking I can just wash the floor. NOOOO. One thing at a time. It slows me down and keeps me calmer and those, my friends, are good things.
This goes well with the one thing at a time. I like to take pictures and that’s my one exception (especially as I get more and more into blogging-pictures add so much.) Other than that I try to not talk on the phone, text, check facebook, plan my meals, think about what still needs to be done, while I am doing a holiday activity with my kids or Chris really. And by try I mean every once in awhile I remember this goal and get my shit together. It’s a majorly difficult task for me. But it’s so important. I could have the greatest holiday season ever, do all the things I love while my children are angels, but if I’m not present it doesn’t matter AT ALL.
Stay out of Malls (as much as humanly possible.)
This may not be exactly what I mean I don’t have any moral opposition against malls (well, not completely.) I also haven’t been wronged by any local malls. I guess this could read stay away from places that cause you a lot of stress (if that’s your family Christmas party we should chat ;).) The older I get and the more I learn about life and about myself.
Craft/ Bake/ Live at YOUR level.
Your level of patience, your level of artistic ability, all of it is pretty important when you’re venturing into the world of holiday crafts. The ornaments that we made with the swirls in them were easy. I stayed at my level. They took 10 – 15 minutes tops. You cut up little pieces of crayons, drop them in the ornament, and then heat them with a hairdryer and swirl around! Perfect. Vincent loved doing this ( I thought John was a little young at not yet 2 and that it may not be good to play with glass….) I wish I was craftier and more into this type of thing but I’m not and to be honest it’s much better for everyone if I remember that!
What would you add to this list?
Happy Holiday fun with the kids, hope this helps!