It’s funny sometimes that the words “Holiday Season” often are used to describe the month of December. I find this ironic, as will most other women I know. There is nothing about this time of year that replays on an endless loop in my mind between the hours of 11 pm and 3 am that resembles my version of a “holiday”.
In the movies, “the Holidays” are represented by a fun and easy meal where everybody brings a perfectly prepared contribution in delightfully coordinating dinnerware, followed by a relaxing evening of fuzzy slippers, a cozy fireplace, and family game night.
Isn’t that exactly what you pictured before spending the last 3 days shoulder to shoulder in the stores fighting the crowds for the hottest toy of the season that people are currently mortgaging their homes to buy on eBay?
Meanwhile, the turkey was cooked to a consistency that resembled dehydrated astronaut food, family game night commenced with crying and carnage because your youngest wanted to be the blue car, and your eldest insisted that reindeers only eat peas, forcing a panicked late night trip to the all night convenience store on December 24.
And then we think to ourselves.... who’s stupid idea was this anyway?
Since the evolution of Pinterest offering pages and pages of lovingly handmade gifts, sparkly centrepieces and delightful organic desserts, and 200 of our closest Facebook friends parading picture collages of their disgustingly perfect lives, it’s no wonder we drive ourselves crazy this time of year.
Why do we do this to ourselves year after year?
For all of us in this same position, I offer what should be a new “Holiday” plan. Just K.I.S.S.
Keep It Simple Stupid. That’s it. That’s all. No magic fairy that comes into your home and perfectly wraps your gifts better than Martha herself. No secret DIY natural recipe that will clean your oven in record time, or sleep train your baby in 3 easy steps.
Why should you have to be the only one spending night and day taking on endless shopping, wrapping, decorating, cleaning, cooking and baking to make everyone’s “holiday” like a scene out of a It’s A Wonderful Life? You don’t.
Keep It Simple Stupid. Guess what? You don’t have to make handmade napkin rings or make your own wrapping paper out of recycled encyclopedias. Bakeries have endless offerings of fresh confections, stuffing CAN come out of a box, and you Do NOT have to do it all.
At the end of the day, on Dec. 25, when everyone is together, that’s all that matters. Your family will look back and remember the time you spent together playing games, watching movies and making snowmen in the back yard. No one is going to care that gingerbread cookies were from Costco and their gift was wrapped in a SpongeBob birthday bag.
Keep It Simple Stupid. Cut yourself some slack and give yourself a break. You deserve to get something out of this “Holiday” too. Focus on what is really and truly important – spend time with family and friends and make those memories together. That’s what the “Holidays” are all about.