As Mamas we try so hard to create a magic about Christmas for our kids, the lights, the traditions, the gifts. But what do we do when Christmas is anything but magical for us Mamas? Life doesn’t stop because it’s Christmastime. In fact, our list gets longer than normal, our chores are increased and the time with our family is lessened. Instead of the magic we once felt, we can feel a crushing pressure of obligations.
How do we recreate the magic for ourselves? How do we enjoy more of all that Christmas has to offer? For starters, let’s put ourselves back in the driver’s seat. Discover those things you love about Christmas again. Prioritize the thing you love about the holiday and find ways to trim the fat of the to-do list.
5 Ways You Can Regain The Christmas Magic For Yourself:
- Remember why Christmas is important, for me my faith defines Christmas and its importance. However, it may mean something different for you. Reflect on what’s important to you about Christmas and shift gears to prioritize it.
- Be nostalgic. Christmastime is steeped in nostalgia and tradition. Recapture the traditions you love and drop the ones you don’t. Seriously, let it go. I recently read a tweet from a mom who talked about going to see Christmas lights so the kids could whine about having to see Christmas lights. If you don’t enjoy it, don’t do it. If that is something you love, find a new way to do it. Grab some gal pals and leave the kids with Dad or the grandparents. If it’s the driving around part they hate, find a location you can walk around. The ideas are endless, it’s just a matter of figuring out what works for you or letting it go.
- De-stress. We can miss out on the magic when we have so much rolling around in our brains. Do a braindump, free write, bubble map, or journal. It will free up your mind to look around with fresh eyes at what is going on around you instead of trying to hold on to all the options of what to give the kids’ teachers for Christmas.
- Stop doing all the things. Do what’s important to you and stop. If you can’t drop something that’s weighing heavily on you, ask for help. Whether it’s someone watching your kids or asking another person involved to take on one of your tasks, ask. The least they can do is say no and nothing changes. Take a second and think about all you still have to do for Christmas and think about ways you can lighten the load
- Find ways to serve the less fortunate. There are a plethora of opportunities to do especially in the Christmas season. Spending just a few hours serving other people will help you gain a new perspective in life that you may not have had. Some of the richest people in the world are the ones who appear to have nothing.
Let’s embrace this Christmas not just for our kids, but for ourselves. This list isn’t meant to be exhaustive, but to serve as an inspiration and reminder to enjoy yourself this Christmas season. Christmas doesn’t have to lose its magic and you don’t have to be overwhelmed. Wouldn’t it be nice to see a headline that says “11 ways to De-stress this Holiday Season” and you scroll right past because you have found what works for you?!
What will you do bring back the magic for yourself?