The end of the year is the perfect time to slow down, unwind and reflect on the past 365 days.
My husband and I are pretty lucky, in the sense that we get close to a full 2 weeks off. I know it’s not the same for everyone, especially if you work retail. That’s one benefit of working in the non-profit sector.
Regardless of the time you may have, I hope you can find moments to yourself and with your loved ones to enjoy the particular vibe of the Holidays.
Here Is Where I’m Slowing Down This Season
1. A Messier House
Having a dog means a lot of paw prints, extra hair stuck everywhere and chew toys on the ground. It’s driving me a little crazy sometimes, but I (generally) prefer snuggling with her over cleaning after her.
It’s not just about the dog though. I’ve been REALLY trying my best to not get irritated (so much) when the house gets a bit messy.
And since we almost always have a project on the go, this time it’s remodeling the basement, some parts of our house are pretty much constantly messy. But I don’t want to spend my life cleaning, so I try my best to stay zen in the face of a bit of mess and dust.
2. Doing Nothing
There are times when my body tells me to slow down. I’ll get a splitting headache or a nasty cold and obviously have to rest.
Stressing out about it serves no purpose, but I use to get so frustrated that I would get a cold “at the worst possible time“. Well duh!
During the Holidays I find it easier to slow down for no reason and before my body forces me to. So this season, I’m going to embrace doing nothing, or at least very little, like reading a book or having a nap. If now is not the perfect time to do that, I don’t know when would be better.
3. Minimizing Holiday Decorations
For the past couple of years, I’ve been going rather minimal on our Holiday decorations and I kind of like it.
I take it one year at a time. Sometimes we have more, like this year, sometimes barely anything.
I do whatever makes me happy and so should you should.
I also take the time to declutter the decor I know I don’t like anymore and pass it on to a charity shop for someone else to love.
4. Rethinking Gift Giving
There are not a lot of people I give presents to these days. I’m not a grinch, it’s just how things evolved. I’m sure, if my family was closer, I would probably go and find something for them to enjoy or plan for fun experiences together.
We do have a Secret Santa exchange on my husband’s side and finding suggestions for stuff I actually want is kind of hard. I really have all I need. But I’m happy to buy whatever my Secret Santa puts on their list.
The Holidays are about the people you spend it with. If gift-giving in your particular family or group of friends makes you uncomfortable, have a sincere conversation with them. Tell them what you’d you would prefer (limit on the amount spent, experiences instead of stuff, etc.).
Gift-giving should be fun and about creating great memories. Thoughtful gifts, in my opinion, don’t have to cost much and have always been more valuable to me.
5. Reevaluating Traditions
What is your favourite thing about the Holidays? Chances are, it’s something completely quirky that only your family does. And that’s what traditions are made of.
But if traditions of the past are no possible anymore, create new ones! I have a few ideas here for you.