It sounds so WWII doesn’t it? I really don’t mean it to. It’s just that, during this time of year, we could potentially be going to holiday party or activities every day, all day! Think about it – there’s Breakfasts with Santa and cookie swap parties and tree-trimming parties and office holiday parties and neighborhood association holiday parties and swim team holiday parties and…and…
And it’s so not necessary to overload ourselves physically and mentally to enjoy the season.
Unless you absolutely adore attending every holiday event possible (and if you do, more power to you!), you can make a choice right now to limit your time on the party circuit and take a way just a little bit of the hectic in your life for the next 5 weeks. Here’s how:
Happy Holiday Countdown Week 4 Tip: Consider An Activity Ration
1. Pull Out Your December Calendar and Take Stock. Perhaps you’ve already committed to some events. Take note of those. Then, take a look at the invitations you might have received but have not yet RSVP’d to. Choose only those events that you would really love going to. Hopefully that will help you whittle the list down a smidge. And, if you realize that you’ve already said “yes” to an event that isn’t on your Would Love To Attend list, no worries. You can always decline, politely. Explain that you’ve had a change in plans and that you are sorry to miss it. You could even send over a bottle of wine or a seasonal bouquet for the event. Party hosts at this time of year understand that folks are overloaded and they’ll understand if you aren’t able to make it. Trust me, that 30-second feeling of guilt for turning down an invitation will be instantly outshined by the feeling of joy now that you’ve freed up an evening or two to take time for you and/or your family.
2. Select Events with Special Meaning. After all, that’s what this season is all about, yes? We got started on our holiday outings early when, last week, we went to see “A Little House Christmas” at Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen Echo, MD. My kids had a weekend-long sleepover with their cousins and the seven of us made the trip to the show. I wasn’t sure what to expect – it’s not like any of them even knew what “Little House of the Prairie” was – but I’m a performing arts enthusiast and am grooming my kids to be too, so I thought it was worth a shot.
I’m so glad we went! The set was simple but charming: a modest log cabin with period-appropriate decor, and there were no flashy costumes or funky songs…just prairie dresses and folk songs sung to the tune of banjos and harmonicas. And yet, my Two Chainz-loving, sparkly UGGs-wearing, iPad-addicted kids – and their cousins – sat, riveted for the duration of the show. I was pleasantly surprised! The moral of the performance that the adult and child cast relayed so well, was that Christmas isn’t about presents or things of course, but family, and my kids heard it loud and clear. Afterwards, my eight-year-old said: “I really liked that show, Mom!” It was the perfect way to kickoff the holiday season.
I think our next outing will be another family one where we spend time with our cousins and Goddaughter taking a drive to see the Christmas lights. Then, if I’m feeling up to it, I might pick back up on our Sometimes-Annual Christmas Cookie Decorating Party for the kiddos and their friends. And, I can’t forget my girl time! My girlfriends and I will gather for our 2nd Annual Favorite Things Gift Swap. Barring some other fabulous invite that I just can’t pass up, that will be it for us for the holidays (until we get to Miami on 12/18 when all bets are off).
A handful of meaningful events will be much more enjoyable than a social calendar jam-packed with random ones. Go forth a ration gleefully!
Disclosure: I was given complimentary media tickets for the “A Little House Christmas” show at Adventure Theatre. All thoughts expressed here are my own.