Stop, take a deep breath and make a list of all those things on your calendar. Now, cross off the ones that mean the least to you. Take your updated list and focus on the one or two holiday rituals that matter the most to you and give yourself the time to savor them.
Think about building some new traditions and remember that it’s okay not to do what you traditionally do. Planning something totally different is not an insult to the memory of a loved one and can actually be a positive way to take off some pressure.
Remember what the holiday season means to you. Make that your priority and remember that this season is really about sharing, loving and spending time with family and friends. It’s a time to honor the birth of Jesus and to bring some peace into your life.
Use this time of the year to regain perspective, watching children enjoying life to the fullest helps remind us of the simple things that can bring us joy.