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Charlotte's Take: What Do You Want This Holiday?

Charlotte's Take: What Do You Want This Holiday?

You know what I really want this year? Time.

Can I hear an “Oh, yeah!”

But I’m not talking about time to do more errands or chores. I’m talking about time with my family, time with my friends, time to do good in the community and — maybe — even a little time for myself. So here’s what I’m doing this holiday season:

Fun Away the Chores

Sure, you still have to do laundry, make the bed and cook dinner. But why not invite a helper or two and turn it into a game? It may take a little longer, but with the music on and your kids by your side, that’s okay. You may actually WANT the chores to take a little longer. A few ideas:

  • Have a sock matching competition
  • Film a cleaning commercial with your little one as the star (hint – you might need several takes to get it just right – and totally clean)
  • Play Simon Says, mixing in chores and silly commands. Switch out who is Simon
  • Mark off completed items on a chore chart and once the chart is complete, let your little one decide what’s for dinner (even if it’s ice cream) or pick out a special treat

Any Time Can Be Friend Time

Hopefully, you have a few holiday parties or dinners with friends to attend this season. But I have some ideas on how you can sneak in more friend time and still stay on schedule.

  • Going to the grocery store or making a Target run? Take along a friend!
  • Baking cookies or other sweet treats — do it with several friends. You’ll get a variety of yummy items.
  • Planning on making a new wreath or other Pinterest-worthy craft? Encourage your BFF to do the same thing! You might even be able to share supplies.
  • Get an exercise buddy. It will make the gym more fun AND make you more accountable.

Message to Self: Keep Calm and Carry On

Don’t let the holidays stress you out. If it’s not perfect, that’s okay. Sometimes imperfection is the beauty of an event – and it certainly gives you something to laugh and talk about later. But when you’re feeling a little crazed, take that deep breath and do something for yourself, even if it’s just for 15 minutes:

  • Literally, take a deep breath, then again, and again. Practice deep breathing and try to clear your mind for a few minutes
  • Burn off that excess energy by exercising. Turn up the music and dance, do 10 minutes of lunges and squats, hold a plank for three minutes (I dare you!) — whatever you do, you will feel refocused and energized afterward. (There’s a whole science thing behind why, but we don’t need to get into that)
  • Light a candle, get a book and take a bath. It really is okay if you disappear for 30 minutes
  • This might appear counter-intuitive when your schedule already seems jam-packed, but there’s nothing like doing something for others to help you feel good about the holiday season.

Let’s face it, time is the only thing that is running out that you can’t replace. So, please Santa, give me more time with friends and family. (And Dear Hubs, if you’re reading this, I’d like that diamond bracelet, too.)

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