How can you do less and have time to enjoy this holiday season more? Here are seven tips that will help you reclaim some much needed time!
Manage Meals. One key way to reduce your obligated time daily is to think ahead and plan your meals. Identify ten ‘go to’ meals that are easy to prepare and light on ingredients. Buy in bulk, cook once, and fill your freezer with easy to heat one-dish casseroles, soups or baked meals. Each evening when meal-time comes around, all you need to do is turn on the oven! Having a few tubes of ready-made rolls and your favorite salad fixings, is a sure way to manage your meals, avoid costly take out, and have dinner done in no time at all.
Don’t Do. Busy moms need LESS on their plates over the holidays. Instead of listing everything you want to accomplish, instead ask, “What can I stop doing or NOT do to un-complicate the holidays this year?” You might be surprised at how fast your checklist disappears!
Consumable Gifts. One thing that I’ve discovered in my forties is the beauty of consumable gifts. The saying goes: you spend a third of your life acquiring ‘things’, a third rearranging things, and another third getting rid of things! One of the beauties of consumable gifts is you never have to worry about adding to clutter. They can be enjoyed now, and let’s face it, they’ll eventually rot – so people have less guilt if they are not used in time! The other benefit is making a few batches of cookies, jellies, or sweet breads is often much less expensive than purchasing them. What are your favorite consumables.
Simple Decorations. Watching my parents age into their eighties has taught me a few things. They’ve graciously adapted their holiday festivities from those of a family of 7 to simpler holiday decor that is easy to set up and store. Even simple decorations like lights, festive plants and a simple door wreath allow you to display your holiday spirit. Adding some festive holiday music and lighting a fire does so much to capture the holiday spirit. What can you simplify this year?
Traditions. Nearly every Christmas Eve since they were little, we’ve wrapped our kids’ bedroom doors with wrapping paper so they have the fun of breaking through their own present each Christmas morning. While not only fun, it is a subtle but poignant reminder of the reason for the season and the true GIFT that is only theirs… who they are the the light they bring to the world each and every day! Looking back at all the bazillions of presents over the years… this tradition is by far the most memorable of all. What traditions are important to you?
Healthy Food, Exercise and Sleep! The holidays are much less complicated if you build them around these three simple rules… Stress is greatly reduced when you make your schedule of eating, exercise and sleeping the priority over everything else during the holidays. YOU are the only one who has control Cuddling down close to the hearth beats holiday travel any day. A holiday “stay-cation” allows for evening drives to see the lights, family camp-outs in front of the Christmas tree, and evenings spent with carols and popcorn. Fun!
Gratefulness is a Gift. In the US the holidays are completely fueled by retail-America’s need to stay in business. It’s SO easy to get caught up… The only way to stop this madness is to set your own boundaries and rules around the holidays. Spreading good cheer and joy through the holidays has everything to do with expressing gratefulness. You don’t need to buy everyone, and their sisters’ gifts. You just don’t. Consider expressing gratefulness in the form of a note or card. It truly IS the thought that counts…
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What are your holiday sanity tips? Please share them with your fellow mompreneurs in the comments below!
Wishing you a wonderful happy holiday season – however you celebrate, I am grateful for you.