When leftover turkey is like Manna from Heaven.
And Decorating for Christmas…How I love thee! (Ask me how many Christmas trees I have.)
Just thinking about decorating for the holidays makes me break out my old cheerleading chant, “We have Spirit, yes we do! We have Spirit, how about you?”
No matter how much joy decorating, baking, and quoting Elf gives me, the Holiday Spirit can turn into Stress Central.
The Stress Factor
When “What are we doing for Thanksgiving” becomes nightly pillow talk.
The only thing The Kid talks about is the pony Santa’s going to bring.
Expectations, obligations, traditions, naughty or nice (naughty for the win), be grateful/thankful/blessed and pass the Turkey!
Send the cards, host the party, try not to eat your weight in candy, give the gift, be merry, bright AND avoid whatever Great Aunt Matilda brought because her food gives me nightmares!
(*full disclosure: I don’t have a Great Aunt Matilda but I’ve seen some STUFF.)
Let’s talk it out!
Before we get UN-invited to the neighborhood Turkey trot.
Before our kid writes “Make Mommy’s head stop spinning around” on their Christmas Wish List.
Before we start singing, “All I want for Christmas is a bottle of wine and a straw!”
3 Ways to KEEP your Holiday Spirit.
Talk it out.
What do you want the holiday season to look like?
What’s most important to you?
What would you like to do differently this year?
What’s something you’ve wanted to do as a family, with friends, on your own, or in your community.
Schedule “NO OBLIGATION” days.
Days you refuse to do ALL THE THINGS.
Do it NOW!
With Love and Grace I have to say it:
Buy/Make/Give Gifts on Purpose.
Stop buying $5 gifts for the cousins you ONLY see on Christmas!
They don’t want it, don’t need it, and don’t want to pretend they’re grateful for it!
An article I read years ago showcases this mindset perfectly.
One year, a dad decided that instead of Christmas gifts he would make up a treasure hunt for his daughter.
He handed her the first clue and at the end of the hunt was an envelope of money.
He had one rule:
She could spend it on anything she wanted (within reason) BUT in one day AND with him!
They woke up, shopped, and he treated her to lunch.
This became their new Holiday tradition.
What can YOU do this holiday season to connect with people you care about?
Before you say “Yes” to one more Holiday Party because you ran into Susie WhoCares at Target and she invited you.
Before “No problem at all” comes flying out your mouth when you’re asked to sew all the Wise Men costumes. (And you don’t own a sewing machine!)
Have your script ready.
“Thank you but I have a previous engagement.”
“I would love to spend time with you AFTER the holidays”
“I appreciate the offer but I’m unable to commit to that at this time.”
“Sorry, but I’ll be home in my pajamas eating Reese’s Cups” (Is that too honest?)
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Download this Great Resource
Victoria from Creative Home Keeper has created a beautiful 38 page Intentional Holiday Planner to help prepare your heart for the holiday season.
You’ll keep your spirit, Yes you will!