(Is that the worst headline in blog history?)
I hope your holidays were very happy. While the celebrations are still fresh in your mind, would you like to join me in an exercise?
Even for those of us who try to simplify, Christmas can often consume a lot of time in preparation and planning. Taking a close look at how everything went this year may help us save time and money, and reduce stress in the future.
Would you like to join me in a short review?
Perhaps you’re like me, in that not everything went smoothly this year. One part of our festivities didn’t go like I had hoped, and I keep feeling bad about it. But let’s face it: rarely does everything go perfectly during the holidays.
So perhaps it’s good if we take a quiet moment and ask ourselves… what went right? Was there a special or unexpected moment of happiness in your holidays?
We had an impromptu dinner Saturday night with my former husband’s family. Jose passed away in 2016, after we were already divorced. Since then, I’ve been taking my son over to spend time with his Abuela and aunts and uncles. If they feel weird about having the “ex” back in the fold, they never show it; they just seem to love and accept us all. We enjoyed a cozy dinner Saturday night, and laughed and told stories and had a wonderful time. It was snowing outside, and we felt so warm and festive. Pure joy.
How about you?
If you’re inspired to take a look back at this Christmas season, perhaps these questions will help you get started:
1. What was your favorite moment during the holidays?
2. Is there someone you feel like you blessed?
3. Whose generosity especially touched you?
4. Did you stay healthy and rested during the holidays?
5. Did you eat or drink about the amount you wanted to?
6. Did you stay within your spending budget? (Note: If not, the January Money Diet starts this Monday!)
7. What are you most thankful for this Christmas?
8. What meals, events, and plans worked well this holiday season?
9. Are there any annual traditions or gatherings that might need re-tooling?
10. Were you able to celebrate the spiritual side of Christmas to the degree you wanted?
11. Do you feel like you were able to give as your heart led you?
12. Were you able to minimize trash and waste as much as you would like?
13. What would you like to change and simplify about Christmas in the future?
Are there any steps you can take now to “pay it forward” to yourself and make next year’s holidays easier? This might mean giving away a bunch of unused decorations, or decluttering the wrapping paper stash, or updating the addresses on your Christmas card list.
You may want to jot a few notes to help you remember details a year from now. For instance, we had cheese and chocolate fondue on Christmas afternoon and all agreed that it was the perfect casual meal. So I made notes on the recipes about steps I can do ahead next time, and reduced the quantities a little bit so we won’t have as much left over.
Do you have any thoughts or suggestions to add to my list? Would you care to share your answers to any of the above questions in the Comments section of this post? I always love hearing from you.
Here’s to you, and may your new year be filled with fun and new adventures.
Grateful thanks to Frankie Leon for use of the Christmas photo above.