3 Tips To Keep Your Holidays Stress Free

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It’s that time of year where we seem to be meeting ourselves coming and going. Holiday time is fun and magical, but it can also be very stressful. A few easy tips (or reminders) on keeping the holidays as stress-free as possible.

  1. Be realistic – No parent can do it all. We think that somehow we have to do every activity with our children while attending office parties, cooking every possible holiday dessert from scratch, wrapping presents and decking the halls with perfect boughs of holly. It’s ok not to do everything and honestly – most people won’t notice if you don’t do everything perfectly from scratch. If you are completely stressed, you won’t be able to be present to your children. Concentrate on a few things that are important to you and your family and let the rest go.
  2. Put on your kiddie googles – That’s right, see the holidays through your child’s eyes. You may want to hop from house to house and fit in as much as possible during the holidays, but that may be confusing to your children if you are changing homes late at night to go to the next party. It may be as simple as explaining to them why you are doing the activities you are doing or you may want to do something special as you travel from event to event such as let them pick out the holiday song you will sing, or perhpas cut down on how many events/parties you attend, etc.
  3. Explain, explain, explain – The holidays mean something different to every family. Be sure to explain to your children why your family celebrates the holidays. If the holidays are part of your religious tradition, explain the religious meaning to your children. If your holidays are about gathering to share love with family and friends, explain that to your children. Don’t rely on others to explain the meaning of the holidays to them.

Most of all have fun. The holidays don’t have to be perfect – they only need to be what you and your family want them to be.

What holiday stress-free tips do you have?

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17 Responses to “3 Tips To Keep Your Holidays Stress Free”

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  5. tess December 3, 2010 at 9:59 am #

    Stress free tip- if your having the x-mas dinner at your house- plan your week and clean one room at a time- that way you dont get overwhelemed.
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  6. MichelleH December 3, 2010 at 10:49 am #

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  7. Elizabeth K December 4, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    Make sure to take a deep breath and relax. . .you will only have so many Christmas mornings to enjoy with your children when they are little.

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  10. Erica December 7, 2010 at 12:32 am #

    We are keeping our holidays stress free this year by having a no-present holiday. My husband and I just moved across the country, my parents recently had their car totalled, and my MIL has gone back to school to finish her teaching degree. We have all decided a year without physical presents can be replaced with a day filled with spending time together, playing games, and taking a walk around the neighborhood to see our neighbors decorations.

  11. MichelleH December 7, 2010 at 8:53 am #

    That is a GREAT idea. Good for you for seeing that the holidays aren’t about what you get, but about celebrating family. We are sure this will be a holiday to remember.

  12. Hallie Ann December 7, 2010 at 9:55 am #

    I check myself everyday to make sure I’m not stressing about the wrong things: the perfect present. I’m remembering what made Christmas special when I was a child, and am trying to incorporate that into this Christmas (lots of Christmas lights and baking!), so that when my kids are grown they have special memories too.

  13. MichelleH December 7, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

    Love that idea Hallie!

  14. karen M December 8, 2010 at 8:23 pm #

    Take time to pamper yourself! Don’t worry about things that aren’t finished yet or things you think you should be doing. Take some time and relax! The time to relax is going to help your holiday season be less stressful

  15. MichelleH December 9, 2010 at 8:39 am #

    Great advice Karen!

  16. Dawn K December 13, 2010 at 7:35 am #

    Holidays are always stressful for me with 3 small kids. thank you your tips will be very helpful this year.

  17. MichelleH December 13, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    You are very welcome Dawn!