Whoa. The first few days after Thanksgiving. It’s been a little tough getting up in the morning, am I right? I may have had sweet potato pie for breakfast, but I can’t confirm right now (ok, I totally did). I’m working on finishing up my Christmas decorating today and I’m still tired from the festivities of this past weekend (and lugging bins of decorations up and down the stairs. Ouch). But I am determined to have the best holiday season ever!
I know it’s totally unoriginal to say “I love this time of year!” but it’s so true. Time spent with family, yummy food, beautiful decorations, and the best movie ever made (Home Alone, duh) make for the best holiday season of the year.
But it can be hard to keep up with the Jones’ during this time. Is my house decorated beautifully enough? Did I pick the best gift? Can I make the best cookies? Should I go to that 10th party this week? It can be incredibly overwhelming, and honestly, fill you with so much self-doubt that the holidays fill you with a sense of dread, instead of a sense of wonder.
A Dairing Holiday Series (aka Blogmas…or something like that)
I know how difficult it can be to get everything done this time of year, while also finding time to enjoy it. I want to share some of my favorite holiday tips with you to help you enjoy the season on your terms. By no means will this series be an all or nothing thing – take the tips you like and find useful, and ditch the things that just don’t make sense for you and your family. You do you girl.
You may enjoy working with your hands and using your creative prowess to make gifts for friends and family. Or, you may rather spend a little more money and a little less time buying them pre-made. Both are ok, and both are enough.
You may be a master baker who can whip up croquembouche like it ain’t no thang. Or, you may pick up a roll of cookie dough from the grocery store. Both are ok, and both are enough.
You may have the decorating skills of a professional house stager on HGTV. Or, you may let your kids decorate the tree so you don’t have to think about it. Both are ok, and both are enough.
The whole point is – whatever works for you is ok, and it is enough. YOU are enough. Make sure that no matter what, you take some time to enjoy the season in a way that makes you feel good. If you start to feel overwhelmed it’s totally ok to hit pause and think about why you are stressing out and reassess why you’re doing what you’re doing.
I hope to help make a few things easier and more accessible for you this year. I can’t wait to share the tips and techniques that I utilize to make it look like I have my act together (because most of the time, I don’t). Some bloggers call this “Blogmas” with the concept of posting every single day in December. While I can’t promise that (family comes first this time of year), I will be posting more than usual.