#DoingAllTheThings? Not This Christmas!

So are you ones of those moms?  #DoingAllTheThings?  I feel you!  I’ve been there before.  I’ve tried to stuff every imaginable activity into the Christmas season and before New Years I am completely burnt out!  Try something different this year!

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#DoingAllTheThings

I want to give you 3 tips that will help you enjoy Christmas without the hustle and bustle. Promise you and your family that you will take time to breathe and truly enjoy this season!

  1. Pick 3 must do activities!

    1. I promise you that it will be okay if you don’t attend every Christmas parade, Christmas tree lighting and Christmas play!  In an effort to make sure that families have a multitude of choices during the Christmas season, we now feel like we have to participate in all the activities!  Please do not feel guilty when you don’t.  It creates way too much pressure and busyness.  Talk with your family and see what’s most important.  It will be much calmer if you focus on only 3 activities.   For my family this year we went to cut down a Christmas tree and we always go see some Christmas lights around town.  I’m not sure what our third activity will be.
  2. Plan in Advance.

    1. Make sure that you know in advance all of your commitments.  Pencil in when the kids are off school and when their Christmas concerts are.  Decide before Thanksgiving whose house you are going to for Christmas. If your family loves the city’s Christmas tree lighting, find out when it is and clear your schedule.
    2. Set up your baking/cooking ahead of time as well.  If you like to bake cookies, figure out what type and make a grocery list.  Plan your holiday meal and add that to the grocery list as well.  Buy ahead what you can to avoid the holiday rush.
  3. Finally, enjoy the small things.

    1. Drink some eggnog and listen to Christmas music while decorating your tree.  Sit in the dark with your spouse with only the Christmas tree lights on.  Have a snowball fight with your kids.  Bake Christmas cookies.  Whatever pleases you, just make sure it’s done at home and slowly.
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32 thoughts on “#DoingAllTheThings? Not This Christmas!

  1. I’m good at trying to do it all and then I’m in total burn out by Christmas, nice article reminder to remember that you don’t need to do it all, but pick and choose and enjoy the season!

    1. Yes I completely agree! It is so easy to do and we often feel guilty when we don’t get to do everything. We just have to remember that it’s okay to slow down and not be frantic all the time!

  2. These are some good tips. I’m all about planning in advance. I haven’t really been able to enjoy holiday activities since my son passed 10 years ago. But I did just tell my husband that I would love to visit the “ritzy” neighborhoods in our area so we could see some great lights and yard decorations.

  3. Nope!! I used to do all the things. Never again! I divorced and remarried and now my husband and I prioritize family and couple time and everything else can just be ignored. I’ve never been happier!

  4. Yes! This! There are so many options nowadays that we feel we need to do it all. It’s so important to slow down and actually enjoy the Holidays instead of checking a box with lists to do. We’ve become very minimal in choosing events and it’s so rewarding.

  5. This sounds like a great list for mums. its really a great list and i feel like every mom should know this sadly i am not a mum but thanks for sharing this, great blog post

  6. I love a quiet a sit at home kinda holiday plan. If I can get to one or two planned activities, I’m done for the day. The truth is planning in advance and not trying to please everyone.

  7. This is so true! I always plan everything in advance during the festive season. However, I feel guilty if I am unable to do something, will have to change this habit.

  8. I’m not a mom but I am an aunt. I try to do Christmas activates with them like making cookies or take them around to see Christmas lights, that my family tradition on Christmas Eve.

  9. These are some great tips for anyone, especially moms. I am definitely the type to ask for help and know where to draw the line when it comes to activities. Maybe that will change when I have kids, but I will definitely keep this in mind.

  10. Thanks for sharing! I actually can’t relate to this because I’m not a mom. And to be honest I’m not rushing to be one, precisely because I don’t feel like I would care about every thing as much as you do. 🙂

    1. It comes to you most of the time when you become a mother but it’s definitely not something to rush into either 😊 I wouldn’t trade my daughter for the world but kids are a lot of work and sacrifice.

  11. Great tips you got here, I absolutely agree with “planning in advance” that’s a wise way of of course and lastly I love when you said “enjoy small things” cause I really do! I’m a simple person who love to listen to christmas music at home singing along with it. It’ll be a lonely Christmas for me but I’ll do my best to make the best out of it. Cheers!

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