Girl Chat: Tips for Juggling the Holiday Season
It’s time for another edition of Girl Chat and today’s topic is juggling that all too bus holiday hustle and bustle.
Just say no to Travel.
If I am being totally honest, the best thing I we have done to avoid and survive the holidays was to finally say we were not flying anywhere for the holidays for the foreseeable future.
The last 4 years we have flown to my in-laws for Christmas, on Christmas day. That’s one time while pregnant and 3 times with a child 2 and under. It is miserable ya’ll. So, this year we just said no. We welcomed anyone to come celebrate with our family, but we would not be making the trip. This took a whole lot of stress off my back (and my husband’s). Did we upset some people, probably, but we needed to do what was best for our family.
2. Just say no to some of the events.
Around this time there are so many evens and parties and well, we have just decided that its ok to say no. Whether its declining an invite to a holiday party or not volunteering to bring a dish for every school and work event, its ok. There are a few events we do every year like my godparents holiday party and Santa photos, but some of the other things, well it will be ok to decline. Pick the ones that are truly where you heart lies and be ok with it.
3. Just say not to all the gifts.
The rule in our house for E is something to wear, something you need, something you want and something you need. And we have implemented this with the extended family as well. The first two years my mom and the hubs’ family flooded her with gifts. Way too many gifts and they ended up flooding our house. Most were just small things that often went unplayed with so we nixed that. And if they feel so inclined to want to spend more then we ask that they either put it in her 429 or use it to purchase an activity. For instance, my mom gets our family zoo membership for us each Christmas.
4. Just say no to gift exchanges.
I know, this may sound like the Grinch, but honestly you end up with a bunch of small crap that you do not need or want but feel obligated to take. So, I just often decline to participate unless its my small group of friends and we all know each other’s tastes. Now, every once in a while I will participate in a blogger exchange at the holidays, but, I pick and choose. This goes back to just say no to events. You do not have to say yes to everything. Money gets tight after so many yeses at the holidays.
5. Just say not to all the food.
This one is especially hard, but has totally made my holidays less about putting on the fats and more about the celebration. When asked to bring a dish, I opt to bring the healthy one. This is so 1. I know I will have something to eat and 2. it encourages others to eat healthy as well. I know the holidays are about special dishes and comfort foods, but I have simply chosen to attempt and maintain some discretion with my food choices. I also choose wisely. If you know you want dessert, then opt for salad and smaller portions of the carbs. If its the stuffing and potatoes you desire, skip the heavy desserts. Its all about moderation.
I hope these tips help you avoid the stress and anxiety of the holiday season as its a week away! Now, go link up and share in the fun.