With all the stress of the festive season, it can be hard to remember to keep in the spirit of the season. Focusing on what really matters at this time of year can help you to keep your sanity. Christmas is a time to get together with those who are special to us and celebrate the year that was. If your Christmas usually involves more stress and worry than fun and joy, it might be time to reconsider your traditions! A little bit of stress is sometimes necessary to pull things together, but if you’re not feeling merry on Christmas day then what is the point?
Do you really need the huge feast that takes 5 days to cook and leaves you too exhausted to enjoy Christmas day? Could you get some of your guests to bring a salad or dessert with them to share? Is it absolutely necessary to buy big presents for everybody, or would donations to charity in your recipients names or a family Kris Kringle be just as well received while cutting down your shopping time?
It’s also important to focus on the traditions that add a bit of merry to your Christmas time. One of the traditions that I enjoy is baking some Christmas M&M Chocolate Chip Cookies. Spreading the joy of some tasty treats puts a smile on my face. I don’t think my family would let me get away with not making them! There’s something relaxing about taking some time out to bake a batch (or three!) of cookies.
How do you take the stress off yourself at Christmas time? Do you have any traditions that help keep you feeling merry at Christmas?