What techniques do you use with your family to manage the stress of the holidays and to find peace during the holiday season?
Make a plan
- I plan my day in advance so that I have activities that fill the day. If it is possible that those activities involve others, it's even better because you then feel a commitment not to let the other person(s) down. Some examples of activities: going to my local library, making homemade stuff (like soap or cookies, or origami decorations and can also involve crocheting, baking and so on), writing end-of-year letters to loved ones, taking a walk, cleaning the attic or (re)organize personal files or create a new filing system for the next year (this can take several weekends), engaging in a DIY project (nothing complex really, can be changing the color on one wall or the dining chairs), re-organizing the furniture (I do this every couple of months and it really changes the way I view my home.
- —Guest Kay
- The best thing we have ever done is attend church service on Christmas eve. It brings peace to the actual day, even if the rest of the season has been crazy.