By now you are probably up to your ears in holiday preparations – either actually doing them or procrastinating about them. They are definitely on your mind.
For many of us these preparations are fun, if exhausting, and you wouldn’t change a thing that you do. For others they feel like a ‘should’ and do them out of obligation but resent the energy they have to spend for very little appreciation. And some just ignore the whole holiday thing until they have to deal with it with last-minute chaos.
The other day a saleswoman was saying she had to get her decorations up that night because her family was angry with her for not having it done by now. When I inquired about the ages of her children, she told me they were 10 and 12. As tactfully as possible I said, “Wow, what great ages to learn how to decorate and become part of a family tradition.” She looked at me like I was speaking Greek. And then very cautiously said. “Hmmm, well, maybe. Have to think about that”.
So we all have our proclivities at the holiday times and our ways of doing things.
For those of you who want to simplify I say go for it. What things are musts, truly musts? What things become just extra window dressing and could take a year off? What are the things that bring you the most joy and meaning? Keep the musts and the joys and the meaning and let the other stuff go. In other words what are the things you need to have Christmas? And within those things could you downsize or creatively change to make things easier?
For those of you who are feeling totally overwhelmed and feeling like you will never get anything done, how about a blitz day, or better yet a ‘Blitz-en’ day in honor of one of Santa’s reindeer? That is a day where you do nothing but move through your to do list. Take a day off and get on with it. Enlist a group of ‘elves’ to help you and give each one a chore or two. And stay focused and on task. At the end of day celebrate all you have accomplished and decide if what is left really has to be done.
All of this is to say that taking care of yourself during these high stress holiday times is a must. Tackling the “to do’s” is a good way to lower your stress believe it or not. Adding a massage or a facial or a lunch with friends is always a good thing to add to your to do list as well.
Happy Holiday Prepping,