1. It's okay to break tradition: In other words, go with the flow for less stress. Maybe grandma is getting too old to host Christmas this year. Maybe Uncle Bob is suggesting a white elephant gift exchange because he knows Uncle Richard can't afford his usual Christmas budget. Maybe Aunt Betty wants to cook lasagna instead of the Christmas ham because SHE IS SICK OF HAM! Whatever the reason for changing tradition, if it doesn't affect your well-being, don't fight it. Think of it this way, changing traditions may mean less stress for others, and trying new things will bring the group closer together. Togetherness is what the holidays are all about.
2. It's okay to say "no": Potlucks, gift exchanges, holiday fundraisers, work parties, Christmas cards, New Year's Eve parties, holiday decorating, bake sales, multiple Christmas gatherings---you don't have to do it all. I hate to break it to you, but the holidays still happen, even if you are not involved in every event.
3. Have fun: If the holidays are losing their luster and are starting to feel boring, it's time for a change. Try something new this year! For a list of ideas, check out Miss Nutralicious' advent calendar project for a list of 24 things to do this holiday. Have an idea of your own? Please share!
4. Stay healthy: Miss Nutralicious' loves Christmas cookies. She also loves cozying up by the fire for a Christmas movie marathon. She plans for these special occasions and she makes time to treat herself to a couple thumbprint cookies and a viewing of Christmas Vacation each year. However, Miss Nutralicious regularly reminds herself that the holidays are just a handful of days NOT 3 entire months! It is important to continue healthy behaviors during the majority of the holiday season. Go for a walk to check out the holiday decorations in your neighborhood, dance to Christmas music or go sledding. This season, remember "the best gifts anyone can give to themselves are good health habits." -Ellen J. Barrier