Okay, so it’s not as though Christmas is a surprise. After all, it’s been on your calendar all year. It’s not as though you didn’t know it was coming or when it would arrive. It’s always the same date year in and year out.
So how is it possible that Christmas always sneaks up so quickly on us without our even realizing it?
Yes, careful, advanced planning would have helped you avoid that, “Oh my goodness, Christmas is right around the corner!” feeling, but that won’t help you now. It’s Good advice for next year, but we need to get through this year before looking at the road ahead!
10 Tips to
Survive Enjoy the 10 Days Before Christmas
- Plan Now – Okay so you should have done this weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to start now!
- Write it Down – When you’re planning, write down important information. Putting your thoughts to written word makes them more likely to be achieved.
- Choose Your Outings – Be picky. You don’t have to go to every holiday event. Pick those you really feel you must attend for work or family. Pick those you’ll enjoy attending, and decline the rest. Being able to say no lets you be a better guest to those you care about.
- Have Gifts on Hand – A friend stops by with a gift for you? Decided you do really want to go to that party after all? Have a few gifts on hand for those “just in case” moments. A bottle of wine, a candle, a bath set, a journal, or gift certificates to local shops work well and are easy to wrap and keep at the ready.
- Plan Your List – Even Santa checks his list twice. Before you go the store, put a plan together. Decide who you will buy for, what you hope to get them, and an amount you’re willing to spend. Heading to the store to shop for “something” (aka anything!) is almost planning to overspending.
- Watch Your Diet – Dieting over the holidays may not be realistic, but small things make a big difference. Drink plenty of water. Eat fruits and veggies. Put your fork down between bites. Chew slowly and completely. Wait between forkfuls. Park at the far end of the parking lot. Gift your body with the little things.
- Schedule Downtime – With all the hustle and bustle, it’s easy to run yourself ragged. Schedule time away from noise and shopping and work and children to just sit and be. Pray. Read a good book. Journal. Take a warm bath. Refresh for a few moments.
- Schedule Family Time – Remember, others are feeling the excitement and stress of the holiday season too. Children are often wound extra tight. Take time to cuddle with a story, paint some ornaments, bake cookies together. Give them the extra time they need even during this wonderful season.
- Do Things in Bulk – Don’t try to do a little every day. Take one day and shop ’til you drop. Take another day and bake all day. Find another day to wrap gifts. You’ll get more accomplished and clean up will be easier.
- Count Your Blessings – It’s easy to get so caught up in the holiday season that you forget to celebrate. Celebrate the big things. Celebrate the little things. Pray for those less fortunate. Be on the lookout for Blessings you hadn’t noticed before. Celebrate Blessings you take for granted.
Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
Identify your I must do’s, your I should do’s, your I want to do’s, and your I can skips.
TRP Life Coaching Assignment:
Today, find 10 minutes or more of downtime for yourself.
Find time for someone you Love that does not involve anything but being with him as he needs you to be.
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