We are full steam into the holidays now! Whether you’re ready or not; whether you want to or not, we are immersed. Here are some tips for making this season truly JOY-FILLED and TRIUMPHANT.

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Focus on what it is important: family? connection? giving? love? celebrating something sacred?

“People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. [I’ll add in here: People will forget what you made for dinner. People will forget what you gave them for the holidays. People will forget whether your house was decorated perfectly.] But people will never forget how you made them feel.” ~Maya Angelou
Let the perfect ham, the ornately decorated tree and table settings and (expensive) gifts ALL TAKE A VERY FAR BACK SEAT to making the holiday full of joy. That means making sure that where you are coming from is joyful. And that means taking care of yourself and letting go of pride over the external things and attending to whether you are coming from a place of love and kindness. If you can’t come from love, take a break and ask for help if you need it.

And, forward this on to anyone you’d like to make sure is in cahoots with you to do it differently this year. Making a mutual agreement to spend less time stressing out over how things “should be” and letting the priority be connection and celebration is a great way to start things off.

Some great ideas for simplifying this holiday:
Have everyone donate the money they’d spend on family gifts to a general fund that goes into paying for a big family activity (or a few) over the holidays. Or, if you have plenty already, consider making the fund a donation to a family that needs it.

Draw names so that there’s only one person to buy for in your family, and put all your time and effort into one spectacular gift rather than a bunch of smaller ones that may have less effort behind them. Take time giving and opening the gifts together.

Consider gift certificates that are for time with you. I’ve done certificates for sewing projects, Fairy tea parties, day spa visits and other fun activities so that I get to build relationships with my friends and family. Then the holiday is spread throughout the year. When my parents were young, my mom gave out certificates for a certain amount of time each day that was set aside for each of her children. Knowing I had uninterrupted time together helped me to feel more supported and important.

Do you have ideas for simplifying and rocking the holidays? Leave your comments below!

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Until next week, may the Source be with you!
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