Filling the holidays with peace and joy...is it possible?
December doesn't have to be stressful, no matter what holiday you celebrate! As the days get shorter, the nights get longer, and the weather gets colder, we spend more time indoors and closer together. We need to think about turning inward with your family. Think about the difference between "wants" and "needs."
What are your holiday memories? What family traditions do you remember?
It is a great time to think about your own family traditions. What memories do you want your child(ren) to grow up with?
1. Think about what you want your family priorities to be
2. Prioritize family connections (decorating, baking, singing together...etc.)
3. Reject the overwhelming pressures of commercialism (reducing screen time and uses of other devices will help, and this can be challenging)
4. Create traditions to bring the family closer
5. Live the spirit of the holiday by thinking about giving, not always receiving
If you want to take the craziness out of the holiday, one way is to make a countdown calendar with a paper chain. For Pre-K aged children, make a paper chain calendar and highlight special events on the calendar, such as on December 15 - make cookies, December 20, walk around and look at the lights, December 22, listen to holiday music, December 24 make a special gift like a drawing for grandparents. You can bring back joy and peace to your household and connect