A New Christmas Tradition

24 Dec

Christmas is just about a day away and many of us are still scrambling to get that last minute shopping done. For those of us who cook the Christmas dinner, we have an additional level of stress worrying about how everything will look and taste and if we will prepare enough…even though we always cook way more food than necessary (sound like you?). With so much going on this time of year we often forget about taking time for ourselves. This self sacrificing comes at a price and often leads to additional stress.

Normally, on Christmas Eve day I shop, cook, and clean until I absolutely drop. With nothing more to give, I retreat to bed in the wee hours of the morning exhausted and completely overwhelmed, only to get up the next day and start the process all over again. The thought passes my mind “something has to give, and it can’t be me!”  

This year I am doing things a little different. First, I finally recognize the need for me to put Christmas into perspective. Everything does not have to be absolutely perfect. I am my own worst enemy when it comes to perfection. This year, I am choosing to take the stress out of things and will be accepting the fact that I am only human rather than some crazed Christmas perfecting machine. I’m going to give myself some breathing room for once *sigh*!  

The second thing I changed this year is that I started my Christmas shopping earlier in the year while there were still plenty of goodies to choose from. In addition, rather than guess at what people wanted, I asked them and through the year I pick up things that were on their wish list. I also minimized my shopping list this year and focused on close family rather than extended family and friends and I committed myself to a modest budget.

Finally, this year I am committed to continue to exercise and eat right, even if it kills me! This is also part of giving me a breather. Exercise is so important during the holidays and it helps to keep the mind and body focused on healthy habits. I plan to do everything in moderation this year, no over eating, no over drinking (holiday party bummer!) and give in to resting on my normal sleep cycle.

Are you doing anything differently this year? I’d love to hear about it.


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