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I think most of us love the holidays, but the season doesn’t come without it’s share of stresses and trigger points. This time of year is festive, joyful and fun at best, but at worst, it can be lonely, stressful or downright depressing. I’m not immune from experiencing every one of those feelings at some point. I credit my faith, family, and keeping a positive attitude for not letting the ‘down’ moments ruin the holiday season.
If you need a
bottle of wine, few tips to get you through the holidays without losing your mind, read on! These are six of my best tips for staying sane during the holidays!
6 TIPS FOR STAYING SANE DURING THE HOLIDAYS
1. FOCUS ON WHAT MATTERS
Every year, I try to focus on those things that matter, our savior that came in the form of a perfect little baby.
It’s Jesus’ birthday and I owe my life to Him. When I began my adult relationship with Him, it was like a light turned on in my life. I’ve gotten away from the devotion I used to do daily, but I’m so grateful that HE is always there, waiting for me to return to HIM.
It’s a new day every day and one of my favorite verses is: This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24
2. DON’T TRY TO DO TOO MUCH
I used to have a looong list of all the fun things I wanted our family to do during the holidays, but I never was able to get to everything, which left me feeling disappointed.
Over the years, I’ve gotten smarter about sticking with the things our family enjoys most and letting other options go. There’s only so much time in the day anyway, and when you add in shopping, parties, decorating, wrapping, cooking/baking, visiting Santa, there’s just not enough time to do everything (without stressing out).
In order to keep stress low and enjoyment high, I’m sticking to a few favorite traditions and just enjoying those. We love decorating the house, baking together, going to see Christmas lights, battle Christmas Cookie on Christmas Eve, and things like that.
We always dress up in our holiday jammies and go look at Christmas lights while drinking hot cocoa and that is one of my favorite things to do. There are neighborhoods near us that really go all out and it’s truly a sight to behold.
Our cute pajamas are from Macy’s this year. I’m so crazy for Jordan’s little plaid nightgown and James’ two piece set. Mine are super soft and cozy too.
I took these two with me to shop when I picked these pajamas out, and I almost had to pretend they weren’t mine the way they were running around the store like wild monkeys! I spotted this festive plaid and was so happy to see it came in coordinating colors for the whole family.
And good news: Get 30% off Macy’s during their Friends and Family sale with code FRIEND!
James is normally at school when we take pictures, so I was thrilled he got to be in these and actually wanted to! Eight year olds can be tricky when it comes to getting their pictures taken. But as you can see, he was really into this! 😉
3. MAKE A LIST AND CHECK IT TWICE
Even though you don’t want to over commit, you will likely still have places to go and people to see, things to buy and do and make. My advice is to do a big brain dump of all the things you need to do, then break it into tasks. My holiday planner has these important pages in it:
- December Calendar
- Put up Tree
- Visit Santa
- Look at Lights
- Classroom Party
- Send Christmas Cards
- Days off school
- What to Bring
- What to Wear
- Christmas Dinner
- Time to clean
- Grocery Prep
4. SPEND WISELY
I shared this in my Weekend Newsletter a few weeks ago and got lots of Thank You’s for it, so I’ll share it here as well.
I wouldn’t be true to my values if I didn’t caution you to be careful to not spend more than you can comfortably afford on gifts. I’ve been there myself and know that it’s not worth the stress and financial heartache it causes afterwards.
Growing up, I still remember the struggle and my parents waiting for that December 15th paycheck to arrive so they could by toys for Christmas. I was so young, but I could still feel the angst.
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I have lots of gift guides that I love to create for you, I’m happy to share the sales and my goal is always to make it fun, but for me to do so responsibly, I feel compelled to share my heart that I realize that the gifts aren’t the important part. They can be fun and we love to give, but it’s no fun if the giving causes more stress than joy.
For me, it’s the hardest with my kids. I want them to know and feel how much I love them, and I still have a hard time not going overboard on gifts at Christmas as a way of showing my love. I’m a work in progress.
All year round, but especially in December, it’s important to make time for exercise. We’re likely indulging in lots of yummy food and drinks during the holidays, and we don’t want to get to January 1 with 10 pounds to lose. It doesn’t have to be an hour at the gym, but even a 20 minute walk will do you so good. It will help clear your mind, ease anxiety and make you feel great!
Does jumping on the bed count?!
6. KEEP A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
If there’s one thing I know for sure, it’s that something will go wrong in December. An order will arrive late, a family member will frustrate you, your kids will whine, dinner will burn . . .
Just smile, breathe and take it in stride. It’s not the end of the world. And if that fails, go grab that bottle of wine!
MORE CUTE HOLIDAY PAJAMAS
How are y’all doing with the holidays so far? I hope these tips help and that it’s a merry time of year for you!