There is no other time of the year that can add to your emotional, intellectual and physical clutter as much as the upcoming holiday season. Endless to-do lists make you tired. Tempers flare over minor tasks. Crankiness reigns supreme. Add to that Norman Rockwell expectations for picture perfect family get-togethers and over the top gift giving and the holidays can become something to survive rather than embrace.
How did it get that way?
Starting as early as October we are bombarded with the great holiday machine – buy this, cook this, decorate with this, please this person and that. Throw in some of our own inner chatter about what we “should” do and it’s easy to lose sight of what is really important at this time of the year.
Stop now and make some conscious decisions.
What do you want to create for the holidays?
What memories do you want to make?
Imagine what your holidays would look like if you wiped the slate clean and added in only those things that were a true reflection of what the season means to you.
I know – the Christmas gremlins in your head are shouting, “You can’t do that! You can’t say no or do something different.”
Sure you can.
The best holiday advice?
Keep it simple.
Find ways to make your holiday shopping reasonable and within your budget.
Let go of the way you have always done things if they no longer bring you joy.
Before you know it, the holidays will have come and gone. You get to decide if you will be ho ho happy or ho ho hassled.