Survival Tips for the 2019 Holiday Season
The holiday season is upon us and we can already feel our stress levels rising. The workload at the office is bigger than usual. Our mother-in-law is giving us the guilt trip to host the traditional turkey dinner for 20 people, which goes unappreciated by the other relatives anyway. Our own mother is begging us to come and visit for the holidays because this might be crabby old Aunt Linda’s last one (which she has been saying for the last 10 years). The kids have a full schedule of after-school activities. And it goes on and on and on! Just stop! Before you break down in tears, read these helpful tips to ensure your survival this holiday season!
Throw Traditions Out the Window and Go Simple
Why people insist on going with the traditional turkey dinner is beyond us. It’s incredibly difficult to get the timing just right. There will always be someone who complains that something is not good enough, or someone who insists that vegetarian or vegan or gluten-free options be present, yet no one else wants to help or contribute. And it is expensive as sin and cleaning up is a nightmare! If you aren’t up to hosting, then DON’T! Just have your immediate family at your table and go with something sweet and simple like a Yankee Pot Roast. And maybe make a special cake or pie for dessert. Everything will still be delicious, clean-up will be much easier, your budget will stay intact, and you will have special, quality time with the people who truly matter.
And don’t feel like you need to make every kind of holiday cookie known to mankind. Most end up tasting the same anyway. Just make a couple that are your absolute favorites!
Don’t Feel Obligated to Travel for the Holidays
Traveling for the holidays can be a challenge, even if you are driving and not flying. There is the heavy traffic, fuel prices tend to be higher, and being in a confined area with the kids whining that they are hungry or need to go to the bathroom can be extremely grating. And half the time there is the threat of nasty weather. If you don’t feel like dealing with crabby old Aunt Linda and her constant complaints about her health problems, then DON’T travel this holiday season. Enjoy the holidays in your home while wearing your PJs and watching your favorite shows on Disney+. You will be much happier, and your (much calmer) kids will get to enjoy playing with their new gifts from Santa.
Do you have any special tips for surviving the holiday season? Sound off in our comments section!