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By: Alison Jacobson
Posted on: Nov 17, 2020

5 Tips For Simplifying The Holidays

Our guest blogger Alison Jacobson, The Safety Mom offers some helpful tips below on staying relaxed and stress free this holiday season. Just keep it simple!

There’s no way around it – the holidays are incredibly stressful and this year, with COVID, it’s going to be even worse.

Unfortunately, we often put way too much pressure on ourselves to create the perfect experience for our family and friends. We have unrealistic expectations – from how we interact with each other to the meals we make and gifts we give or receive – that are impossible to achieve. Of course, the Instagram-worthy pictures of the gorgeous families and perfectly decorated homes only reinforce our belief that somehow we’re inadequate if our holiday doesn’t resemble a Hallmark movie.

I’m sure I’m not the only mom who envisions all the kids hanging out together after Thanksgiving dinner laughing and playing some game only to be disappointed when they retreat to their own corners with their heads buried in their phones.

So, this year, why not take some pressure off yourself and your family and make the holidays less hyped and more comfortable?

Order in Our Thanksgiving table will probably be set for less people this year which means we need less food. So many restaurants will be struggling to stay in business why not order a turkey dinner from your favorite place and let them deal with the cooking and clean-up?

Pare down the decorating. We’ll also be having less holiday parties so take the stress off yourself going crazy decorating. Keep it simple yet meaningful. Maybe there are a few decorations that have sentimental value or ones your kids have made. Less can definitely be more.

Ditch the hype of Black Friday. Hitting the stores for Black Friday sales at 1am isn’t the safest thing to do this year and staying home can also help you control impulse buying. In a study conducted in January 2020, almost 42% of respondents reported spending more money than they were planning to because they were attracted to sales or store offers. Relax at home and shop online. Don’t get caught up in the chaos and stress of trying to find the perfect gift for everyone this year. Now more than ever gift cards are the way to go.

End old traditions that you really don’t enjoy. More than likely many older relatives will be Zooming in for the holidays. While this is new to them and probably unsettling, it’s also an opportunity for you to ditch some of the old family traditions that you didn’t particularly enjoy but continued for the sake of your great Aunt or mother. Instead keep some traditions but create new ones that are less stressful for you.

Be good to yourself. As moms we’re so busy doing for everyone else that we allow ourselves to get run down. It’s critical this holiday season to stay healthy and that means keeping our immune system strong. Take time to relax but also get some exercise in. Have your kids and spouse pick up a few more chores around the house that you normally do.