Are you really enjoying the preparations for the Festive Season?
Are you rushing around buying gifts, planning menus, decorating the tree?
Take time and enjoy the Festive Season
We get so caught up in the preparations that we forget to take a moment to just enjoy this time of year. You don’t need to have everything perfect! We put too much pressure on ourselves for the ‘perfect Christmas’ and forget about the true meaning and making memories with family and friends.
As a grandparent I love preparing for the family and enjoying the look of wonder and excitement on my grandchildren’s faces. It is such a joyful time of year, yet it can take it’s toll especially if you are hosting a family gathering. Having hosted family Christmas get togethers for 25 years I’ve learned what works and what doesn’t. I recently shared my thoughts with Cibes Lift in their article Top tips for grandparents hosting Christmas this year.
Here are 5 quick ways you can slow down and enjoy the Festive Season.
1. Take time to reflect
You’ve decorated the tree – take time out to enjoy your handiwork and admire the decorations. Reflect on What the Festive Season Means to You. Do you have any special ornaments you use each year that can evoke memories of Christmas past?
2. Take time to admire the Christmas lights in your City or neighbourhood
In Australia, decorating homes with outdoor Christmas lights has become a tradition for many. Some are a little OTT for my taste, however, it can really put you in the festive mood when you take a walk after dinner and see all the houses looking festive. One of our local radio stations hosts the 4KQ Christmas lights each year and awards prizes for the best decorated homes. It has become a huge event and people travel to all neighbourhoods to see the winning homes.
3. Take time when wrapping gifts
When wrapping gifts for family and friends think about the person. Reflect for a moment on your love and friendship and feel grateful to have these people in your life.
4. Take time to listen to Christmas Songs
If you see a woman walking through the shopping centre singing along to all the Christmas songs then you know you have found me! I love all the songs at this time of year and it really puts me in the mood. Don’t want to go to the shopping centre? Put on the radio or play your favourite tunes and take time out to enjoy them.
5. Take time for YOU and don’t be afraid to say ‘NO’
You can surely take some time for yourself each day. Make time for you to relax, be mindful and really enjoy this time of year. Take a long bath, go for a walk, do some yoga. Don’t be afraid to say ‘No’ if you need to because you feel overloaded. Your health and well-being are more important. Take time to do whatever helps to relax you. Click here for some tips to help reduce your stress at this time of year.
Christmas and The Festive Season is such a magical time of year. Don’t miss out on the excitement and enjoyment because you are stressing or overloading yourself.
How do you slow down take time to enjoy the Festive Season?
This post was originally published in 2017 and has been updated.