Make Holiday Time into Family Time
Giving loved ones the attention they deserve is difficult in the best of times, and it gets even harder in the whirl of work and social demands during the winter holidays. But be of good cheer. It’s still possible to make sure your loved ones receive the gift they treasure most: Your presence.
For me, taking a step back and setting priorities, not feeling the need to compare myself to what others are doing, and not feeling the need to keep up with the Joneses has really helped me focus on quality family time during the holidays. One of the priorities for our family is family dinner. It doesn’t matter when or where we are, we always plan to eat dinner as a family. I thought I’d share some tips and tricks that I like to implement during this busy holiday season to make sure that stress is reduced and we’re all enjoying family time together.
This may sound complicated, but it’s really not. In our home we always, 6pm dinner is a must. It’s always been our priority and we make it so. It doesn’t matter where or what we’re eating, we just make sure we’re all a meal together to share about our day. It is something that we look forward to.
As moms, we think we have to do everything. Ladies, we don’t have to. If you can outsource tasks, or ask your spouse or kids to take on extra responsibilities, that can really lighten your load. I’m 100% guilty of owning all the responsibility. It is as easy as having your family pick up dinner, or take a store bought shortcut. It is 100% okay to do that, and we are allowed to ask for help! Don’t ruin the holiday fun by feeling responsible for it all.
It’s OK To Say “No!”
Is your mailbox filled with events and invitations? Rather than stress over every one, pick your top 2-3 and add them to your calendar and decline the rest. Saying no, will leave you feeling less stressed and have more time for your family. Keep space open on your calendar so that you’re not constantly running from one event to another. Remembering to rest even in busy seasons is so important.
Make sure you have a few solid family traditions built into your holiday schedule. We love going to a local holiday light displays. These are the types of traditions you can look forward to and plan around. If you’re looking to stay home, have a holiday movie night or bake cookies. These are all things that make magical memories for your family and don’t require you to stress out!
Hopefully I’ve given you some great ideas on how to spend more stress free time with your family at this time of year!