At the start of the holiday season for the past few years, I’ve felt a growing sense of anxiety about how much I want to get done in the coming month. In addition to my own list are all of the kid-related activities: the school luncheons, the pageants, and the spirit weeks with a different dress-up theme each day (which I think are designed to drive parents mad).
This year as Thanksgiving approached, I reminded myself that a) there will be some stress during the holidays, and b) I can minimize it by planning ahead and zeroing in on the basics.
I started by reading over the advice Past Melia has given in years past: Remind myself that it’s okay to buy the cookies for the school party, and ask, “What’s NOT wrong?”
Then I updated my “Christmas Cheer” Google spreadsheet, a.k.a. my holiday To-Do list. It helps ease my mind to list out everything I want to do, see if I can eliminate or simplify anything, and sequence in a way that makes sense. For example, I moved “Update mailing list” before the creating and printing of the Christmas cards, as I usually forget to contact friends for their new addresses until the eleventh hour.