There are few thing more stress-inducing for a parent than the holiday season. It's a magical, spectacular season, but somewhere in the background, there is likely a mom on the verge of a panic attack. Over the last few years, I've managed to maintain some semblance of sanity during the holiday season by doing a couple things.
The first is to simplify as much as possible. Say "no" to events that you think will be overwhelming for you or your family. Build in downtime. The holidays can be invigorating and fill our hearts, but they can also be over-stimulating and draining. Make sure you are accounting for all the personality traits in your family unit when you make commitments during the next few months, and realize your own limitations, too!
The second is to be as organized as possible! As a photographer and a blogger, the holidays are busy busy busy. I've usually got mini sessions and regular photo sessions, plus collaborations for the blog and social media. I also host Thanksgiving and do most of the gift shopping/decorating/packing for holiday trips in our house. This means that being organized is top priority.
So this holiday season, I'm going to help you by giving you some of the tools I use to stay organized! I'm talking Thanksgiving and Christmas, mostly - and hopefully this will help you feel like you have a grip on everything that's going on!
Thanksgiving (4-6 weeks out)
Christmas (8-10 weeks out)
Did I forget anything? How are you starting to prepare for the holidays?
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