Stress Less With Meaningful Holidays

Thursday, December 8, 2016

With the holidays approaching, I wanted to share some inspiration for the season and tips to keep it meaningful. We all have more to do this time of year, but with some planning and careful consideration, it can be fun and memorable.

Planning and Prep
Something I’m trying out this year is using my planner more for the season. For us, we also have a lot of family birthdays coming up so marking those parties as well as gifts to get makes it easier to keep track. In my planner, I have a home management section where I keep track of all things home. I’m making a holiday section that will have gift ideas, menu planning, crafts to make, and things to do. This way, I have all my thoughts in one place that is easily portable.

Gift Giving
Meaningful -gifts -blogThis is my absolute favorite time of year, but it’s easy to get caught up in the commotion of it all and lose sight of what’s important. My goal this year is to try an idea that I saw on Pinterest. The idea is to simplify gift giving by this method: something they want, need, can wear, and read. I’m going to do my best and stick to this with our son who is only 16 months old! Another idea is to include gift ideas from childhood. My mom and dad always bought us a new board game and Disney movie to share amongst my siblings that we could enjoy as a family. I want to continue this with my children. I’m a firm believer in buying meaningful gifts. Throughout the year, if I see a gift idea for someone, I try to get it then and store it away. If we use our listening skills, we can give gifts to our loved ones that are truly meaningful.

To me, traditions are what make the season so much fun. Taking a break from the hustle of the holidays to spend time with family makes this time of year so enjoyable. One thing I love to do is drive around and look at Christmas lights. Other ideas like building a gingerbread house, hosting gift wrapping party, baking cookies, and watching Christmas movies are all good ways to spend time together. Using an advent calendar for ways to spend time together is a great way to keep it top of mind.

Taking the time to plan for the upcoming festivities as well as keeping your traditions alive will make them smoother and also the most out of the season!

Cassie Kupsky  Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Personal Trainer
Greater Green Bay YMCA