Holiday Sanity 101

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

                          — Dr. Seuss

Here we are with just a few days left before Christmas, so here’s my top 10 list of things to keep in mind…so you can enjoy this time together and not lose your mind!

10.  Keep visits to or with family reasonable and well planned and make sure your events are on a calendar.  That way everyone knows where you are going and when.  And don’t forget to enjoy yourselves once you get there.

9.  Take a day to do nothing.  Don’t shop, don’t cook, don’t get dressed, don’t even leave the house.  Your body and soul will love this quiet time…and so will your spouse!

8.  Spend an afternoon or a long phone call with someone you haven’t seen or spoken with in a while.  The call or visit from you may be just what they needed this holiday season.

7.  Try to eat sensibly during the holidays.  There’s nothing worse than a cookie hangover to ruin a day off.

6.  Make a new tradition together.  Maybe it’s a walk in the snow (if we get any), baking cookies together or buying a new tablecloth for Christmas dinner.  Whatever it is, enjoy the time with your spouse.

5.  Realize that the holidays probably won’t be perfect…and enjoy them anyway!

4.  Take a moment each day over the next week to ask what you can do to help your spouse and thank them for their part in making the holidays special.  This small act of kindness goes a long way.

3.  Know your limits with what you can and can’t do and remind each another that it is okay to say “no”.

2.  Look at all you have accomplished and at how well things are going, rather than dwelling on what hasn’t been done.  You’ve probably accomplished more than you realize.

1.  Find a way to be charitable with your time, talents and treasure.  Giving an hour at the food pantry or some cash to the Salvation Army bell ringer at the post office will help a good cause and help you and your spouse grow closer.  However you do it, it will be a great way to celebrate this season of giving.