It’s supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year. But for women, it can also be the most overwhelming. From decorating our homes, to preparing and sending Christmas cards, attending Christmas parties, and purchasing gifts that will bless family and friends near and far. We do all of this while working, volunteering, homeschooling, and navigating all of our other natural responsibilities.
The Huffington Post ran a terrific article that may allow you to embrace needed permission to do the holidays a little more stress free! 🙂 Here is a few of the choices to consider:
1. Spending big bucks on the best presents. A homemade gift can be worth much more.
2. Thinking up the perfect present for everyone on your list. A gift certificate may not be the most personal choice, but they will really like it.
3. Giving the same gift to multiple people. Unless they live under the same roof, they’ll never know!
4. Cooking everything yourself. It’s okay to delegate! Costco is your friend.
5. Staging elaborate scenes with your Elf on the Shelf!
6. A homemade pie crust. No one will notice.
7. Sending Christmas cards/photos. You keep in touch with the people you want to keep in touch with already. Shoot your other friends a “Thinking of you” email and save yourself the stress of staging the family photo.
8. Wrapping stocking stuffers. That’s what the stocking is for!
9. Accepting every holiday party invitation. It’s important to say no to certain things to say yes to the most imporant experiences!
10. Trying to cram in every single Christmas tradition — going out to look at lights, building the perfect snowman, making sure you bake the Christmas cookies, having the house all decorated. If you run out of time for one (or a few!) of these traditions, remember: There’s always next year!
At the end of the day Christmas will always be remembered by the memories we make with those we love……
“The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of happy family and friends wrapped up in each other.” ~ Burton Hillis