The holidays are a great time to de-stress and spend time with family. Unfortunately, most people end up doing the opposite. If you’re tired of it all and just want to have an epic Christmas and New Year’s this year, here’s what you must do. Here are some quick tips to connect and de-stress during the Holiday Season
Make A List, Check It Twice
Most people stress out over the number and amount of gifts they have to buy. We tend to replace quality with quantity. If we aren’t buying at least a few gifts for each of our kids, our spouse, our parents, siblings, and friends, then we’re no-good rotten people, right?
Now, come on. It sounds silly when you say it out loud, but many people feel this way during the holiday season.
Make a list of people you can afford to buy gifts for. Start with one gift per person. If you can afford more, start with the most important person or people on your list. Maybe you can only afford to buy your children 2 gifts this year. That’s OK. Make them amazing. You’ll find yourself spending less money (usually) and your children will have more fun with what they do get.
Start A Family Tradition and Run With It
Family traditions create special bonds that last a lifetime. Traditions that are passed down from generation to generation bring order to family functions – there’s an expectation of what’s about to happen.
For example, a ritualistic gift exchange or a family movie night on Christmas Eve, or maybe a storytelling game or a large multi-player boardgame. Whatever it is, make it a tradition you’ll look forward to.
Keep A Routine
One of the reasons Christmas and New Year’s is such a stressful time is because routines get thrown out the window. Kids go chaotic without routine.
At the same time, it’s a special time of the year. What should you do? Consider keeping up with the same bedtime, but buy holiday matching pajamas so that things are a little different. Kids will enjoy it without feeling like there is no order.
Spend Quality Time With Them
Sometimes we get caught up in the gifts, lights, baking, and running around that we forget to spend quality time with family. The simple act of sharing stories and paying family-oriented games can bring your family closer together.
And, these things aren’t expensive or complicated to pull off.
When things feel hectic, call a family meeting and plan a night where everyone will come together and talk, watch a movie, or do crafts. Make it a low commitment evening so that anyone can bow out when they get tired.
Go On A Scavenger Hunt
Sometimes, during the colder months, we tend to barricade the door and stay inside. But, this can give you a serious case of cabin fever and make the kids restless. Don’t be afraid to bundle up and go outside for a scavenger hunt.
Popular games, like Geocaching, are still fun to do when the snow flies. And, you can always just go outside and have a snowball fight.
Guest Blog Post: Jude Dean works as a child psychologist. He enjoys sharing his insights on children by posting online. Look for his articles mainly on family sites.