This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Nestlé. The opinions and text are all mine.
As soon as this year’s Halloween costumes were put away and the candy was sorted, I opened one of my favorite playlists and let “Where Are Your Christmas” fill the air. To me, the holidays start on November 1st. There’s just this shift that I can feel deep in my soul. The holidays bring more cheer, more light and more happiness… especially after a very trying 10 months.
The holiday season is here and as excited as I am, I have to admit that the stress levels are still way up there. It happens every year without fail, it’s just who I am. I tend to have this desire for everything to be absolutely perfect and forget about the real meaning of the holidays and that (for me, at least) is family. Mi familia!
In an attempt to make the season even more enjoyable (not just for myself, but for my family too), I’m sticking to these five resolutions to help keep the anxiety and stress at a minimum.
Find Time for Family
It’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of life. Super easy! There’s work, school, practices, games, errands, and maintaining a home on top of all those special holiday lunches and performances… phew! So, it’s important to remember to take a moment to just exist with your family, to spend time with each other.
My familia is pretty big and one thing we always make sure of is letting them know they’re welcome to drop by to visit, especially if they need a break from their everyday routines.
Make Lists and Check Them Twice
Staying organized is important to me year-round, but it’s extra vital during the holidays. My mental health sort of depends on it. This is why I make lists… and check them twice. 😉
I like to add a bit of pizazz here and there to my lists to help keep me motivated, but simple and plain lists work just as well. By staying organized, you can spend less time freaking out about forgetting something and more time enjoying the holidays.
Don’t Forget the Small Meals
Between big family Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and all of the luncheons, potlucks, and parties for work and school, it’s simple to forget that small meals during the holidays exist.
I mentioned reminding my family that our door is always open above. There’s a good amount of times where they do just show up and instead of getting frazzled about not having a big, fancy meal to offer to them, we keep our freezer stocked with something we can pop in the oven and have ready in no time.
Pizza is a family favorite! On our Walmart shopping trips, we make sure to pick up a few boxes of DiGiorno pizzas. The variety of options lets us make sure we have something for everyone, plus they’re delicious and affordable (which is great considering the cost of the holidays). There are also other great Nestlé products available like Stouffer’s lasagna (found in the freezer section at Walmart) which is also a hit.
That way, when my tias or primos stop by, it’s easy to prepare a simple semi-homemade meal that we all enjoy and can focus on catching up and enjoying each others company. Those small lunches and dinners end up being some of the best moments of the holidays.
Stop and Enjoy the Music and Movies
A couple of days ago, I joked with my mom about how so many Christmas movies were set on Christmas tree farms and then I realized that I had to have watched an awful lot of Christmas movies to know something like that. I’m here to tell you that it’s perfectly okay to take the time to watch that holiday movie or listen to that holiday song. Play them all day if you want to, I know I do. Let them lift your spirits on a bad day or provide entertainment when you just need to get out of your head. It’s totally worth it!
Step Away from the Schedule
This one kind of goes with all of the above, but still needs it’s own place. Because this is your (and my) reminder to be spontaneous this holiday season. If you can find that time to sneak in one more movie or a chance to spend a half-hour just enjoying decorated houses, do it! If your sweet tooth hits and baking cookies isn’t on your calendar until 4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, just make the cookies.
My hope is that with these resolutions, I’m able to enjoy a stress-free holiday season surrounded by family and friends. One where I can focus on the good things in life (like delicious pizza!) as we prepare to enter another year.