The holidays. A magical time full of so much joy and merriment. It’s usually a time for friends and family to come together and celebrate the many blessings in their lives. It’s full of delicious homemade food, twinkling lights, laughter, Hallmark movies, carols, and more. Many people look forward to this time of year because of its simple magic.
But it’s also busy, chaotic, and overwhelming. For some, the holidays are a harsh reminder of loved ones they’ve lost. This year is going to look very different for most people. My family in particular will probably not be celebrating in person (my immediate family alone is 16 people!). As someone who has always celebrated the holidays with several parties and tons of people around, this year has the potential to feel very isolating.
But despite the challenges we are facing this year, there is always room for joy. I’m excited to be teaming up with my friend Whitney Caves to offer some tips to keep things simple this holiday season. We each identified three ways that we will be keeping things simple and organized. And, if you pop over to our Instagram’s, you will find a really great Emily Ley inspired giveaway!
TIPS FOR A STRESS FREE HOLIDAY SEASON
Organization is my favorite way to combat stress. When I’m feeling overwhelmed, like my head is spinning out of control, I sit down, get out the old pen and paper and make lists. This time of year I have lists galore – Christmas present lists, food prep lists, holiday activity lists, etc. etc. Writing everything down and crossing off items as they get done takes so much pressure off. I highly recommend doing this if you don’t already.
Celebrate the Joy
Now more than ever it’s important we celebrate all the things that bring us joy. Whether it’s a distraction free meal with your family, a drive around town to look at Christmas lights, decorating the tree while listening to your favorite Christmas songs, celebrating each and every one of these moments is a great way to embrace the season.
Embrace the Simple
Keep it simple this year. Lower your expectations. Be flexible. Learn to say no when you aren’t comfortable with a situation. This year in particular is very strange and very stressful. Know that it’s perfectly okay to say no to all social engagements. It’s okay to stay home more and watch all the Christmas movies. It’s okay to put that to-do list aside and spend the day baking cookies. Just simplify in any way that feels right to you.