Does Christmas season find you festive...or frazzled? I think we would all agree, there is not enough time, money or energy to do everything we'd love to do in this season. Often we feel overwhelmed and frazzled with all of the doing, going, and preparing and we don't always do enough enjoying.
Scale back on decor. Focus on the Big Three.
I will not lie, this is the most difficult area for me to scale back. Some years, however, I do not have the time and energy to do everything I want. For those times, focusing holiday decor on what I term as "The Big Three" - front door, tree and focal point - will bring a festive feel to the house and by scaling back it allows time and energy to have fun and enjoy the time you spend decorating.
Focus on what's most important. Know when to say no.
With so many events, traditions, parties, we only say yes to meaningful events that focus on the holiday and bring the whole family together. This allows time to really savor the moments together. Consider throwing the big blowout parties at another time of the year, when you and your guests will have fewer commitments competing for your precious time.