Sunday, December 1, 2013

Keep The Holidays Simple

Happy December. Can you believe we are in the last month of 2013? Which means, the days are going to fly by and Christmas will be here before we know it. As you may have noticed, I am a huge fan of holidays. I love any reason to celebrate, to appreciate and to have days that feel different and special. Staying level headed is important for me during the holidays because I never want the seasons that I love to become stressful or pressure filled.

{3 Ways to stay mindful during the Christmas holiday}
Experience the holidays as your child does. The simplicity of Christmas is more than enough to make the holiday special and wonderful. The simple memories we create during the holidays linger with us for years to come while the gifts we receive and give are used and later replaced.

Don't forget to do things that YOU enjoy while preparing for St. Nick's visit. It's easy to get wrapped up checking tasks off your to do list but making time for YOU will make all the work you do less stressful and more enjoyable. Spend an afternoon watching your favorite holiday movie, treat yourself to a day at the salon or plan a fun date night with your significant other.

Take the time to remember the reason for the season. Reflect on why you celebrate the holiday. Whether it's because of religion or tradition or both, a moment of reflection dedicated to these reasons can re-center you.

Making sure our little guy has a great Christmas is always a priority but I also want him to feel the love in the room when surrounded my friends and family. I want him to know the story of Jesus Christ and how much He loves Connor. I want the holidays to be something C looks forward to each and every year. 

What steps do you take to de-stress yourself during the holidays? 
How to you stay mindful of the REASON of the season? 

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  1. Great post! So easy to get caught up in the busyness of Christmas.We need to remember why we celebrate & not stress and enjoy.

  2. Yes to #3! I easily stress over family obligations. Thanks for the advice! :)

  3. love this post! sometimes i am most thankful both of our families are small but also not high maintenance in the least (as in, we don't have to stress over gifts, etc.)...this makes it so much easier TO do the things you state here! thank you so much for sharing!

  4. I especially love your 2nd point about doing things you enjoy. I almost cancelled our regular sitter night for December because of so much going on but I didn't because we need that time. even if all we do is run errands kid free I know well need that night. :) thanks for the tips & getting us thinking!!

  5. Looks like we're on the same track! I just posted some similar thoughts on my blog. Love your ideas to keep things simple!



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