Christmas is such a beautiful time of year. Christmas lights, time with family and friends, lovely wrapped gifts, Christmas movies and the perfect excuse to drink hot chocolate every day.
The holidays can be so joyful, but they can also be a time of stress, anxiety and worry. That’s why to fully embrace Christmas, I’ve decided to let go of certain pressures to make the season fully enjoyable.
Please don’t get into debt trying to buy someone the perfect Christmas gift or planning the best day ever. We’ve all heard the saying “it’s the thought that counts” and it really is true. Instead of breaking the bank trying to buy a fancy gift, spend a bit of time thinking about the person and gift them something meaningful instead. Something that I do with my best friend is set a price limit for gifts. We decide on a price that we can both afford and get a gift within that budget. It works well as there’s no pressure to try to spend more.
2. Pressuring yourself to make everything from scratch
We don’t have time to make everything. This is a season of joy and quality time with our loved ones. It’s not a time to be in a panic about trying to make everything yourself. We seem to put pressure on ourselves to make everything perfect and homemade, but really, there’s no need. Buying cookies instead of baking them is okay. Buying a gift instead of making something is okay. Buying decorations instead of crafting them is okay. Just give yourself a break.
3. Trying to cram everything into your calendar
Christmas is a time of events, meetups, and long to-do lists. But there are only so many hours in the day. With all the local Christmas events being advertised, it can be easy to fill out calendars to the point that we have no time to actually relax. We want to do everything and we burn ourselves out by trying to do so. Instead of filling your calendar, try slowing down and just enjoying the moment. Going to Christmas events is fun but it’s okay to say no if you want to.
4. People pleasing
This doesn’t just apply during the holidays, but it’s definitely worth the reminder this time of year. Whether it’s with family, friends, or anyone. We feel the need to make sure everyone is happy and we put ourselves in uncomfortable positions to please people. Well, stop that. Ask yourself what you want and go for that. You don’t exist to try and make everyone else happy.
5. Stressing yourself out and forgetting to enjoy the moment
As long as you’re surrounded by loved ones and everyone is having a good time, nothing else matters. Christmas is a time for joy and fun. Let go of any pressure that you have and just embrace the Christmas excitement. Be present and merry.
What are you letting go of this holiday season? What’s your favourite thing about Christmas?