Stress Free Holidays-Your step-by-step plan to enjoy more and stress less this holiday season!
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Now that you have addressed your expectations of this holiday season and let go of your ideal of perfection (read more here), the next step to a stress free holiday is to evaluate past years and decide what you enjoyed most.
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Today’s task is to print the Holiday Snapshot and take a few minutes to write your thoughts in the first section. What activities and people brought joy to your life during past holiday seasons? What experiences created happy feelings for you and your family? You may also want to interview other immediate family members to find out what they enjoyed in previous years. Check out these ideas to get started:
Enjoyable Holiday Activities
cooking meals/eating together
shopping for gifts alone or with friends
donating gifts to needy children
traveling to visit family
planning, hosting or attending parties
sending Christmas cards
reading the Bible or other books with your family
attending local holiday activities (craft bazaars, light displays, etc.)
One of my favorite parts of the Christmas season is drinking hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies like Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas, The Santa Clause, Elf, and It’s a Wonderful Life with my family. Spending quiet time together away from all of the hustle and bustle bonds us as a family and is something we look forward to every year.
Focusing on what you truly enjoy can help you create the kind of holiday season that is filled with happy memories rather than sadness, stress and regret.
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