--This is a sponsored post- all feelings and opinions are my own--
It's the most wonderful time of the year! The line from the familiar Christmas song will either make you smile in agreement or shudder with dread, For some, the holidays means stress and anxiety, while others it is pure joy.
No matter how you feel about the holiday season, these tips can help make it a little easier.
Whether it be decorations, the food, or presents- it is so easy to get caught up in wanting more and more, but just stop! Stop and reflect on what you remember about Christmas and the holidays from your childhood. It probably is the feelings, being with family, and the things you did that you remember. You probably don't remember how fancy the decorations were or what presents you got, but the feelings and events.
There is so much that happens this time of year, from parties, performances, and a million other things, it is a busy time of year. Sit down as a family and decide what things really matter to your family, what are your musts, and what things can probably be cut out. It is okay at times to say no. The Power of Moms has a great step-by-step guide to help you plan your Christmas focused on what matters most to you.
Do you want to send out a Christmas cards? Then December is not the time to be trying to get a family picture, trust me, I am a photographer-if you call me in December wanting pictures, there is a good chance my schedule will be full.
Take the pictures early and then you can wait for the sales on sites like Tiny Prints, and order your cards at a great price and can have them all ready to send out when the time comes.
Things will not go exactly as planned, that is just life. Just step back and realize it is okay. Focus on the positive, the good things that did happen and occur. Focus on what the season really means to you and the joyful moments of it... and if worse comes to worse, there will always be another Christmas next year.