The holidays are coming up and yes it is exciting but it can also be overwhelming if this is your first Christmas as new parents. Previously, I shared my personal experiences on how celebrating Christmas is slightly different after you have kids and how you do things you NEVER done before. (Like decorating your house that resembles the mall in the movie Elf.
Here are some more tips on how to survive the holidays.
DON'T MAKE A BIG DEAL OUT OF IT
While every where you look screams of holiday decorations and festivities, you don't have to over indulge in it. I know I risk sounding like a Grinch but Christmas for example is really just one day. There doesn't have to be a lot leading up to it. It CAN be as simple as putting up a tree and celebrating Christmas on the day of with family and some presents. Really just try to keep things simple for the sake of your sanity.
PICK AND CHOSE
It is the festive season and understandably there is a lot of people to see, parties to attend, and dinners to eat but you don't have to attend everything. You can always tell the host ahead of time that you will need to duck out because your child needs to go to bed or just say you can attend for part of it. Don't stretch yourself too thin, You don't want to start the new year by snapping.
GET AS MUCH DONE AHEAD OF TIME
If you see something perfect for someone's Christmas gift, buy it early and cross it off your list. The earlier you get things done at a calm pace, the easier the rest of the holidays will be. Not convinced? Imagine Christmas shopping on November 29 versus December 23, 2017. (You will not see me near at mall on December 23, 2017. I can feel my blood pressure going up as I even type this. Ekk.)
FOCUS ON WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU
If the focus is to have all the family together on Christmas Day to open presents, focus on that ONE important thing. The rest is bonus if it happens. Less stressing about the things that don't really matter and more time to focus on the one important thing. Definitely a win-win situation.
START NEW FAMILY TRADITIONS*
Just because things were done a certain way according to your family or commercials for my matter, you can do holidays your way. You now have your own family and this is a great way to start your own family traditions. They can be bizarre to outsiders, or something you always wanted to do as a child, or something your child requests. Whatever it is, make the holidays your interpretation!
*I personally think a great family tradition is to donate to a cause every year. Each year, I have my daughter pick out a present and we bring it to Toy Mountain. I explain to her the present is not for her but for another child. She beams thinking she picked out a present for someone else.