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Smarter Living: Juggling time at holidays

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We've just begun December and I'm already feeling it. It being Holiday Burnout. School fests, office parties, the search (online and off) for gifts, getting that holiday photo taken...all while doing our normal Life Stuff.  Holiday Burn Out, ladies. I bet your kids will start to show signs of it too. But there is a remedy.

Hubbawubba writes: I feel every December we get so busy with people visiting and holiday gatherings, that we don't really have time to connect or recharge or be together and concentrate on what the holidays are all about: family, love, peace.  I'm definitely not feeling peaceful. I'm feeling rushed. I'm trying to cut back on what we do, but that doesn't seem to be working. Any ideas?

When the ho ho ho jolliness turns to a frazzled rush, and you find yourself scurrying around faster than a flying reindeer on Red Bull, it's time to break out the Time Manipulator 2000. What? You don't have one? Right, I don't either. Since we can't alter time (just yet), we have to find ways to seem like we do.

-- Don't pack too much into one day. It's Sunday: you have two holiday parties, a list a mile long of presents to order online, and two dozen holiday cookies to bake for the school bake sale tomorrow. That is too much. Break that list into a few you do each day and set a time limit for how long you spend at each party.

-- Keep it simple. Whether it is buying premade cookie dough (or store-made cookies) or deciding this year, you are just going to get everyone's gift at Barnes and Noble that wraps and ships it for you for free, simplify your tasks.

-- Look at the calendar and block off Nothing Days. At least two or three days, have nothing planned. Even if it means you say no to something, that day of nothing can turn into something pretty special for your family...an impromptu skating trip, a lazy day of watching movies and eating popcorn on the couch and snuggling. 

-- Keep the weekly routine going as much as possible. If you find your family's weekends are jammed with activities and festive functions already, then keep the weekday routine clear and the same ol', same ol'. This helps everyone from feeling the burnout.

How do you juggle the crazy holiday schedule?

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by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Replies (11-20):
Juniper53098
by June on Dec. 3, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Our schedule isn't that much different at this time of year.  I have a couple extra rehearsals, but that's really it.

fraujones
by Amanda on Dec. 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM

I'm not very good at juggling it. It seems very overwhelming at times!

inmybizz
by Gold Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 10:53 AM

I try not to let it get to me..Schedule things, decline offers, be okay with the fact we can only do so much in a day.. I really try to enjoy this time.

Hannahsmommy816
by Platinum Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 10:55 AM

 christmas eve is my family, day is dh's family. we try to do only 1-2 'events" or big plans a day, around the holidays!

lil_mama06
by Brian's Lil Vixen on Dec. 3, 2012 at 11:00 AM

I homeschool my 2 youngest and my middle 2 go to public school. We give them 30.00 each and let them buy gifts for their friends and teachers. Our schedule doesn't change much tho..I'm glad for that..We may have a dinner with my husband's business partner and his wife, but that's it..

mereinhart28
by on Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:00 PM

well I try to prepare throughout the year....buying gifts, planning what goodies I'm going to make that way when December rolls around I'm ready. We still have to get something for our fathers, but other than that, we are done shopping, (I even have most things wrapped) For the rest of the month it's fun time...baking with the kiddos, doing crafts, parties at the school that kind of thing.

heydooney
by Danielle :) on Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:13 PM

stress, that's me! not really bc of holidays though.

Kainalu55
by Ruby Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:24 PM

just enjoy every little bit of it!

bwsmommy
by Platinum Member on Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:32 PM

 I have extra added stress of being pregnant this year .. and even though im not due until Jan .. baby could of course come early so i try to get as much done when the kids are in school so it doesnt change our after school plans .. i just feel as there is never enough time in the day as well as daylight now =( .

EbonySnow
by Desiree on Dec. 3, 2012 at 12:38 PM

 i don't think I do handle it very well I usually end up beyond streesed out and crying at least twice

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