The holidays are here! Are you dazzled or frazzled? You know they’re out there. Those people who purchase all their Christmas gifts throughout the year, get their decorations up the day after Thanksgiving, and who’s holiday card arrives in your mail box on December 1st. You might be thinking “wow, they sure have it together”! Maybe they do and maybe they don’t. What’s important this time of the year is to go easy on yourself and think of how you can simplify your day, week, and month. Here are some tips on how you can simplify:
1. Don’t go to every event you are invited to. I know this is a tough one, and I recently had to do this with my family. Don’t put the added stress on yourself by attending 5 events in one day, cut one event and know you made the right decision.
2. Simplify your gifts. Is there one place you can go to get the majority of your gifts? Can you purchase books for everyone on your list from amazon.com? You can purchase books for adults and children and you can even shop in your pajamas. If it’s too late to order the books get ideas online and then take your list to your local book store. Another idea is to give everyone an iTunes gift card which can be purchased at many stores and will please both teens and adults.
3. Purchase readymade food. Whether you are bringing a pot-luck dish or cookies to a party or you simply need a quick meal for your family consider purchasing readymade food. Order cookies from your local bakery for the school or church party. Order side dishes from boutique grocery stores like Whole Foods or Central Market for the next pot luck you are attending or simply for your own family dinner when you don’t have time to cook.
Think about what the holiday’s mean to you. Running around like a chicken with its head cut off or having more time for fun and meaningful memories? Personally, I have taken this to heart lately. I have cut at least three tasks from my to-do list this week that I really didn’t HAVE to do and would have cost me hours of time. I have also decided against two events for the week that would have been fun, but in the end would have packed too much into my family’s schedule.
What can you do to simplify this week?
Here’s to a wonderful holiday!