Holiday Organizing With Your Family

Holiday organizing with your family.

 

Holidays are around the corner and some families are just like Scrooge about the planning, decorating, and festivities. Your husband hates lighting the tree, your kids are all on their iPads 24/7 and you feel overwhelmed. Now is the time to create a memorable family holiday working together on holiday organizing.

Start with a family meeting and a month at a glance calendar. Have each family member share what is most meaningful to them for the holiday season. With these special activities in mind, start the planning process.

By zeroing in on what is most special, your family will take some of the obligations off your holiday calendar. Set dates on your calendar to guard times for family events and not over schedule.

Write out the list of family responsibilities for the season including decorating your tree and home, baking and cooking, and gift purchasing and wrapping. Ask family members which of these activities inspire them and form teams to complete these responsibilities.

Write on your calendar when these activities will be taking place and create a checklist of specific tasks required to complete each job. No more nagging needed.

Ask your extended families such as grandparents, aunts, and uncles, and special non-family relatives to join one of the teams. Allow for creativity and you will see how each team creates something unique and special.

Remember, it may not be perfect or exactly what you had in mind but sharing holiday responsibilities makes everyone feel more a part of the holiday connection.

Keep your holidays simple. The most meaningful aspects of the holiday season come from spending time together. When we get stressed as parents, our family knows it. Be sure everyone gets rest, there are some down times for relaxation, and keep the spirit of the season uppermost in your holiday preparations.

Holiday organizing with your family.

 

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6 Comments

  1. Thanks for the tips Ellen, if the tasks for christmas are break down into little task and everybody in the house collaborates holiday season could be smoother and more enjoyable.

  2. Thanks for the tips Ellen, if the tasks for christmas are break down into little task and everybody in the house collaborates holiday season could be smoother and more enjoyable.

  3. Wow! The holidays ARE just around the corner. It feels like summer just ended and fall is upon us…but in just a few short weeks the “holiday season” will be in full bloom.

    Perhaps more than anything, the biggest takeaway here that you mentioned, Ellen is keeping perspective. It’s not about the gifts or the perfectly set table, it’s about spending precious time with the people that you love most. Certainly a bit of planning can help to reduce some of the stress that this time of year brings, but keeping the focus on the why will absolutely go a long way in keeping this time gratitude rather than stress-focused.

  4. Ellen + Helena,

    This is one of the reason I love cookie exchanges and try to organize at least one every year. They are family-friendly activities and everyone enjoys the cookies, the fire, the tree and visiting.

    I’ve learned to invite a lot of people over because that way, the rooms are more crowded and no one notices what’s not been cleaned. LOL

  5. Ellen + Helena,

    This is one of the reason I love cookie exchanges and try to organize at least one every year. They are family-friendly activities and everyone enjoys the cookies, the fire, the tree and visiting.

    I’ve learned to invite a lot of people over because that way, the rooms are more crowded and no one notices what’s not been cleaned. LOL

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