I don’t know about you, but I am already beginning to stress out about the holiday season, and it’s only the beginning of November! And this stressed out feeling didn’t just start today either. No, I’ve been feeling it since before Halloween.
As the number of days between the now and the holidays steadily decreases, I have to stop and remind myself (as I do every year) that it isn’t about how big the gifts are, how many cookies are baked, or how decorated the house gets… it is about the memories made with my family.
One way I plan to keep this in focus this year is to keep a close eye on my calendar. I am not one to overplan any day, and I like it best if I only have 2 or 3 things on my to-do list for the day, including household chores and errands. So this year, I am going to simplify, simplify, simplify.
I still have Christmas cards I made (and never sent) from 2 years ago. I’ll just (finally) address the envelopes and send those out. No one (except my mom and best friend) knows that they were made so long ago, but I do feel bad when I don’t get cards out in some form or another. If I didn’t have this ready-made stash of cards handy, I had planned to make a simple card from my digi-supplies, size it so 2 cards fit on one sheet of paper, and print them up straight from the computer. They don’t have to be 3-dimensional to be personal.
As far as daily scheduling, my mantra this year will be, “Is this how I want my kids to remember the holidays?” If the activity (or the way it makes me feel) is not how I want to remember the season, I will pass. I want my kids to have the same warm, comfortable memories of holiday seasons full of tradition and family. I want the extraordinary memories made during the holiday season to also reflect our everyday.
Keeping it simple seems the best way to connect the holidays to the rest of the year.
Over the years, I have documented some of the traditions and decorations that are important to me during the holidays. These are what I feel are worth the effort to maintain, while maintaining simplicity.