I used to LOVE Christmas! I’m not sure if it was the snow, the tree, the presents or the food that I loved most, but I loved all of it.
But, as I grew up and started having kids, I started to dread Christmas.
As a parent, the “magic of Christmas” fell on my shoulders. I was responsible for getting the right gifts, sending the cards, making the cookies, decorating the house, making the dinner, shuffling kids around to all the activities and so on.
I don’t know about you, but the stress of it all was getting me down.
I didn’t enjoy buying presents just for the sake of buying presents. I hated going to the mall in December and feeling all the rush.
Most of all, I hated feeling like I was I was not getting enough for my kids.
The first few years of our kid’s life, we had very little money. We could hardly afford paying rent, let alone gifts for our kids or for our family. Yet, I felt like I would disappoint our kids if they did not have lots of gifts under the tree. Thankfully, our family understood so they gave us a pass on family gifts.
All these feeling made it so when October rolled around, I wanted to fast forward to January.
My kids were young and we had many Christmas to look forward too. I did not want years of Christmas seasons to just survive.
Something had to give!!!
I decided to make a few changes to the Christmas season to make it enjoyable for me.
These came over time, but doing all these things has made the whole thing better.
- Use November
- Minimize the amount of gifts
- Simplify tasks
- Simplify gifts to family
- Keep family traditions
- Take care of yourself: Go to bed on time
- Make Christ the focus: advent
What do you do to reduce the stress of Christmas?