How’s your Christmas Chaos?
Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday are behind us…which almost makes me feel like I’m behind…even though it’s only the first weekend of December. That’s part of the chaos, yes? The tales we tell ourselves and when we start buying into the rush all around us. So to keep things lighthearted and decidedly unchaotic, let’s sing a little 12 Days of Slay the Christmas Chaos tune, shall we…
On the FIRST day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
A Christmas Plan
Don’t go into the Christmas Season without a plan! And a way to track your tasks, gifts, meals, etc. Wunderlist is a free app that does a pretty good job of tracking tasks and allows folders for keeping yourself organized. You can even invite others to certain task lists and spread out the to-dos. There are other fun specific Christmas apps but I suggest keeping things simple and streamlined.
On the SECOND day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Two tips for Christmas Cooking
There’s only two 😂 – While I love a wonderfully cooked meal and tasty treats, I’m not especially adept in the kitchen so my first tip is to recognize your limits. The Christmas season is not a culinary contest. Feeling adventurous? Go for one or two recipes…not the whole meal! You’ll find yourself overwhelmed and potentially disappointed. And if others love to cook and want to contribute…by all means let them. The more the merrier!
On the THIRD day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Three Family Fiascos
We all have that crazy (or two) person in our family tree. Or maybe there’s a rift between you and someone else. Or finally, we’re not always fortunate to have loved ones with us…either by distance or death. Resisting reality makes it harder. Acknowledge the pain, the loss, the difficulty. Sit with it and decide if you can do anything about it. If you can, make that phone call and say you’re sorry or whatever else needs to be said. If you cannot, then decide to let it go. And even if you have to let it go again and again – then let it go again and again.
On the FOURTH day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Four Christmas Cards
Back in the day, before social media, I used to prepare an annual Christmas letter with pictures. It was an awesome tradition…until it wasn’t. Rachel Jonat said it best, “We don’t have to continue holiday traditions that leave us broke, overwhelmed, and tired.” Be aware of the traditions you choose to continue…traditions should not detract from the season, they should enhance it.
On the FIFTH day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Five ways to SAY NO
The holidays are to be celebrated, not endured. Deciding WHAT you will do beforehand helps when saying no.
- Make a stop doing list.
- Decide you’ll say NO to most things. Seriously, there are only so many hours in a day, so many days in a week, and so many weeks in December. The season will be over in a blink.
- You can do it all – just not all THIS season. Be where you are this season. Kids little? Do little things…save skiing for when they’re older. Don’t plan elaborate parties when you’re under a project deadline at work. You don’t have to do it ALL every year. Be wise and pick and choose.
- Wait at least 24 hours before responding to anything. Let the idea settle before responding.
- DO NOT feel obligated to offer excuses or justification for your NO. A “No, but thank you” is perfectly fine.
On the SIXTH day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Six Gifts for Giving
Oh, the season of materiality! But it’s a proven fact that the less we own, the less we have to organize and clean. Never underestimate the importance of removing stuff you don’t need. And related…you won’t have to remove if you don’t add in the first place. I’m a huge believer in experiences over things. Consider this year adding services, subscriptions, or memberships rather than yet another thingy. Some ideas include coffee cards, mani/pedi, massage, zoo or museum membership, or if you’re feeling ambitious maybe a trip somewhere over the holiday.
At a minimum – have a plan for all those gift receipts…especially for online shopping. Have a Christmas folder in your email box for easy retrieval.
On the SEVENTH day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Seven Sweets for Eating
Ah…the baking, the sweets, the sugar, the temptations! We all know that sugar is bad for the waistline but did you know it’s also bad for energy levels as well? Sugar makes us sluggish and less able to accomplish our to-do list. On the flip side life is short and enjoying delightful food is one of life’s amazing pleasures. Moderation is the key.
On the EIGHTH day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Eight Matching Bows
Set up an area in your house with all the supplies for wrapping gifts. Consider a table to ease the back strain and 1-4 patterns of paper/bows/ribbon to keep things simple.
On the NINTH day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Nine Lights Ablazing
I love traveling down my street at night during December with all the Christmas lights. Enjoy the season but don’t succumb to the pressure to keep up.
On the TENTH day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Ten Logs a Burning
Down here in the south we have mild winters and the fireplace rarely gets used. Who cares? Invest in a firepit and make Christmas s’mores and new traditions to boot.
On the ELEVENTH day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Eleven Parties to Plan
Oh, the season of parties, families, and friends. Remember that 5th day of Christmas and ways to say no. You don’t have to attend every party you’re invited to…be less about keeping up and more about joyous time.
And y’all, if you’re hosting the party and one of your guests declines – you may be disappointed but remind yourself that she’s probably trying to slay her Christmas Chaos too.
On the TWELFTH day of Christmas, my true love gave to me…
Twelve Decorating Dilemmas
Remember that everything that goes up must come down and be stored. Think twice about purchasing new decorations and only keep what you love. And some of the best decorations aren’t materials – they’re scent and taste. Here are some of my favorites.
I discovered Scentsicles last year and LOVE them – you hang them on your fake tree, in linen closets, your car and wherever else you can think to hide them for a fresh Christmas smell. They come in Christmas scents like White Winter Fir, Fresh Cut Pine, and Cinnamon.
Sing a little tune and fill your heart with joy this Christmas Season!
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