As much as everyone says, " I love the holidays, I get to have my family around. Togetherness is what it's all about!" Let's face it, it's not all rainbows and butterflys! ha ha ha.
Yes, the holidays are about family, and togetherness, but it's also stressful, and aggravating and expensive!
You're running around like a crazy person, making dinner, buying gifts, wrapping gifts, biting your tongue when aunt Mildred says, "your hair looks so nice down! It covers your big ears!"
We all know that as much as we love family, it can be a bit overwhelming, to say the least. So here are a few tips to help you stay sane this holiday season.
Practice acceptance! There is no such thing as the "perfect" holiday. I know we all try to make the holidays perfect but, it wont be. Something will ALWAYS go wrong. Sally will steal Sara's toy, the green bean casserole will burn, Aunt Carol will spill wine all over your brand new rug. So, let it go! Know and accept the fact that nothing is going to be nor does it need to be perfect. And that's OK!
Air bnb is a savior! Just because it's family time doesn't mean we don't all need space. If you know that staying the week or weekend with all your family in one house is going to be WWIII , do yourself a favor and get an air bnb near by.
Everything in moderation! Avoid any regrets or hangovers. It may be tempting to have one too many drinks when you're having fun and fill up on the sweets during the festivities but you'll feel way better and have less guilt if you're mindful of how much your consuming.
Take a step back! If you find yourself in a shouting match with the sister-in-law, ask yourself how important is my relationship with this person in my day to day? So just let it go and continue with the festivities.
Savor the moment! Every now and again take a min to take everything in. Take a walk through your neighborhood and check out all the lights. Settle down with some hot cocoa, and enjoy as you take in the smells of the season and the laughter of family.