It seems like once Thanksgiving dinner is over, the Christmas rush begins, especially with Black Friday sales now starting on Thursday. I’m all for beginning to celebrate Christmas right after Thanksgiving.
Go ahead. Turn on the Christmas music. Decorate the tree. Hang up the lights.
What I don’t like is the feeling that there are a bunch of things that must get done before Christmas is here. Don’t run around to so many stores and activities that you feel like you’re in a constant state of “going” the entire Christmas season.
Don’t participate in the group gift exchange if you don’t feel like it.
Don’t attend every event you are invited to.
Say no before your schedule is full. Say no to things that aren’t important right now.
Say yes to intentional family time and time with friends. But, if you’re going to be present, then really be present. Don’t keep checking your phone ready to rush off to the next thing.
Establish some boundaries if needed. Let your family know what you can or can’t attend. You can’t be at 4 different Christmas dinners at the same time. It’s just not realistic… or healthy.
Don’t stress yourself out trying to get the house ready for relatives. Your home doesn’t have to be spotless.
Cozy up with the hubby or kids and watch some Christmas movies. Sip a nice cup of hot chocolate. Take your time.
Savor the season before it’s gone.