3 Ways To Keep From Self-Sabotaging Your Christmas

IMG_2059 Every year, it's the same old thing. I feel disappointed about all of the things I didn't do around Christmas. I think about all the crafts I didn't make and all the cookies I didn't bake. Instead, what I should have been thinking about were the wonderful memories made with my friends and family while we celebrated the birth of Jesus. The good news is, tomorrow is Christmas Eve so there's still time to focus on what matters!

1. Simplify. Before I went to bed last night, I was thinking about all of the things I had to do today. Instead of actually enjoying a day off, I was planning my day in the kitchen so I could be sure to make every baked good that makes me think of Christmas. Now don't get me wrong, I love to bake and I will be in the kitchen today. But I whittled my list down to one thing. Mainly because I'd rather be on the couch with Tim watching Christmas Vacation and not washing dishes. So forget about that last gift you need to buy because the traffic is insane and you'll lose your Christmas spirit, and probably your religion, when it takes you an hour to park.

2. Reset your expectations. Speaking of Christmas Vacation...Clark Griswold's biggest downfall was having unreachable expectations for the "perfect family Christmas." Don't be that crazy man. Nothing goes as planned. The only way to have the perfect family Christmas is to expect nothing and enjoy every moment.


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3. Be present. Soak it in. Find the beauty in the simple moments. This is easier said than done but if you're successful with simplifying and resetting your expectations, you won't be as preoccupied with all of the things that didn't get done.

What are some things that you guys do to make sure you enjoy the holidays?

Merry Christmas Eve-Eve!