Not everyone has a Hallmark holiday. Holiday stress comes in big and little moments whether it’s forgetting to buy an outfit for your child’s Christmas program or mourning the death of a loved one. This year, my husband’s family is noting the absence of one of my husband’s brothers and his family who have chosen not to be around any of my husband’s extended family any more. Lines have been drawn and stuff has been said that won’t be forgotten. My mother-in-law may never see 2 of her grandchildren again.
While I’m being so personal, I will say family issues don’t have to be this way. Most of us can peacefully co-exist with family members during the holidays and even enjoy some of the moments. We choose our attitudes and approaches to each situation. Anything that comes up should be dealt with after the holidays as we prepare ourselves for a new year.
When I read the following two posts, I wanted to share them with every mom I know. Too often, moms are the ones managing all the details of the holidays. We take care of the school events, the Christmas cards, presents for near and dear, not to mention baking cookies, volunteering, and decorating. Did I forget anything?
Let’s give ourselves a pass on doing EVERYTHING for the holidays. Whatever season we’re in, we cannot do everything. Adjusting our expectations to meet our current situation will reduce a lot of self-imposed holiday stress.
Because I love meeting new people and sharing, this post is linked to: