There is a secret to enjoying the holidays in 2020.
While the holiday season and all it brings is wonderful, it can be overwhelming. Granted, the Christmas and Hanukkah season is busier for all of us. Yet some of the stress of the season may be of our own making.
I know I can be my own worst “holiday enemy.” When it comes to doing too much, my name is on the top of that list. Can you relate?
- Do you set high expectations for yourself?
- Do you put too many things on your holiday “to do” list?
- Instead of thoroughly enjoying the holidays, do you sometimes feel exhausted?
If so, you may want to ask yourself the same question I asked myself this morning as I was starting to plan out my December 2020:
“What is the minimum I need to do this year to make the holidays festive?”
Everything else – let it go.
Let’s get back to the basics:
This year why not have lovely but simple holiday decorations? Skip the live tree and put up a pre-lit reusable tree that sets up quickly.
Plan on an uncomplicated holiday meal or make it even easier by ordering in from a local restaurant.
We can take our time:
We can write our Christmas cards a few at a time over the month or spill over into the New Year. Technically the “Christmas Season” via the liturgical calendar ends on January 10, 2021 so we have some time. Or we can make use of technology and send e-cards this year – no stamps required.
Let’s be flexible:
If we forget to get someone a present or send a card, don’t stress. Just give them a call to catch up. Many people would love to have a conversation with a friend – especially this year since many of us have been isolated.
This year, let’s focus on substance — the people we care about — rather than fluff. For Holiday 2020, why don’t we relax about decor, gourmet meals, a signature drink and trying to make everything perfect?
With less stress, we can all be more relaxed and happier. This year consider “upping our holiday game” by doing less, and enjoying more.
Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!