I would love to say that I have some amazing tips for not getting stressed around the holidays; unfortunately, I don’t have anything profound to say on the subject. I realize that every year I get super stressed in December. We have a lot of family commitments, as well as other smaller things that we want to do, and it all turns out to be very busy and stressful! Every year I say that I am going to make this season better, less stressful. It has been a slow process.
I think this year I am giving myself a lot more space to do what we want to do. This year we will be celebrating Christmas after Christmas with my husband’s family, which is a big relief, especially with Thanksgiving being so late this year. When there are only 2 weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas with my husband’s family, it gets a little insane trying to finish everything.
This year I am also backing off on homemade gifts. I love homemade gifts, but unfortunately my wrist issues during the summer put me way behind on the list of knitting projects I had. I will still be trying to make some things, but definitely not as many as I would really like to make. I think that in order to make all the things I would want to make, I would have to start on January 1st and go through the whole year!
What am I going to do about all the craziness? Breathe. I have to remember that I love the holidays. It is my absolute favorite time of year. So I will be doing deep breathing when I realize that I have nothing wrapped, and half of my presents are still in the store yet to be picked out!
What strategies do you use when the holiday craziness begins?!