How To Avoid Holiday Exhaustion

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Strategies for making Christmas bright.

I love the holidays, but they make me so tired. I am sure there are husbands out there who do all the baking, decorating, shopping, wrapping, card writing, schedule arranging, cooking, cleaning, and advance thinking and planning that goes into the holidays. That's a fantasy I cling to, at least. But in my case, I’m the one who does all of this.

Because really, if I want it done my way, I need to do it myself. And that’s OK with me. But it makes me tired, burned out and a tad... yes, just a tad... cranky. Being Mrs. Claus and making Christmas happen for my kids, husband and immediate family is not easy. There are days when I think I cannot possibly get it all done. And there are days when I do too much and collapse into bed, with all of my Christmas spirit gone.

 

To keep myself going and hold it together, I’ve created some strategies to help me survive the Claus season:

Cut out one big thing. Each year, when it all seems as if the holidays are going to overwhelm me and crush me under a tangle of tinsel and ornament hooks, I decide to cut back and not do one thing. This year, I’m not sending cards. Last year, I did not make as many batches of cookies as I normally do. The year before, we passed on a big family party. Choosing one thing I’m supposed to do that I’m going to bail on makes me feel suddenly free, and everything else I need to do suddenly seems bearable. How To Compromise For Christmas

Actively enjoy the things I’ve worked hard to create. I park my behind on the couch in front of that tree that took me three hours to decorate and I really take in its beauty. I sit down with the cookies I made and a cold glass of milk and really taste them. I admire the pretty packages I’ve wrapped and pat myself on the back for the great job I did.