Are you looking for some effective ways to slow down, enjoy, and simplify your holiday season? Many people are on the quest to do exactly this, hoping that they will find more enjoyment from a stress free and simpler holiday season. If this sounds like something you would like but you aren’t sure about where to start, take a peek below at some helpful tips on how to simplify your holidays. You will find that small steps can in fact bring great reward. Here is how to get started!
How to Simplify Your Holidays
1. Focus on the meaning of the gift instead of the cost or size of the gift.
2. Make simple holiday décor pieces by hand instead of buying new.
3. Opt for sending out holiday post cards instead of elaborate greetings.
4. Don’t be afraid of pre-made cookie dough or other pre-made baking mixes.
5. Use gift bags in place of elaborate wrapping paper and ribbons.
6. Choose gift cards for your hard to buy for person.
7. Let kids enjoy the tree/home for you. It won’t be perfect but it will be fun and memory making.
8. Make time for holiday family flicks and popcorn.
9. Shop from home/via online if possible to avoid traffic, long lines, and grumpy shoppers.
10. Take care of yourself. Drink plenty of water, get sleep, and take vitamins.
11. Don’t be afraid when hosting to ask guests to bring a dish or drink to share.
12. Make time for family games, carols, and holiday crafts. Memories are priceless and last forever.
13. Find some new crock pot recipes to make dinnertime easier.
14. Try making some freezer meals so when unexpected guests stop by, dinner isn’t an issue.
15. Keep small gifts on hand so when unexpected guests drop by you have something to present them.
16. Never underestimate the power of a cozy night by the fire.
17. Enjoy some inexpensive outdoor activities such as ice skating or sledding.
18. Make a list of the 5 most important traditions to you. This is a nice amount that is still achievable without being overwhelming.
19. Keep a gratitude journal. In the days leading up to Christmas, keep a gratitude journal so you can track what you are thankful for, what you have been blessed with, and notes on the memories you have made.
20. Don’t get wrapped up documenting the holidays via social media. This takes you away from the moment. Instead, submerge yourself in the moment and worry about social media later.
Don’t let the holiday season get the best of you. Instead, follow these tips so you too can slow down, unwind, and ease gently into the holiday spirit. Remember that the holidays are about making memories, so if something isn’t serving a positive purpose it is time to rethink it!
Give these suggestions a try and see if they add some relaxing yet memorable moments to your holiday.