Staying Sane During the Holiday Break
I still vividly remember the week before Winter Break during my freshman year of college. Somehow I had "lucked out" and my final final exam of the semester fell during the very last time on the very last day before the university closed its doors until the new year. Even with the extra time to study, I still remember procrastinating, rushing around on the subway buying Christmas presents for all of my new friends and my friends and family back home, packing for the three week break at the very last minute, and yes, even cramming in a bit of studying before that last exam.
Ten years later you'd think that I had learned my lesson and that the holidays would bring far more peace on earth than hustle and bustle. But of course, that's not the case.
By the time Hanukkah and Christmas have passed, it's hard to find the energy and the sanity to make it through New Year's, but there are some things that get me through each year...even the crazy years.
1. Don't try to do too much: One year I decided that the week between Christmas and New Year's was the perfect time to transform the nursery into a big boy room complete with painting, furniture shopping and assembly, and hanging of accessories. To top it off I decided to make the bedding and pillows myself...all in one week. Using time off of work to complete projects is a great idea, but don't try to take on more than one little week can handle.
2. Find time to enjoy your family: If you've got teenagers in your house, chances are you're going to have to wake them up before noon at least once or twice this week to make this step work for you, but it's well worth it. I can still feel that sense of disappointment during my high school years when January 2nd would sneak up on me, sending me back to school and away from my family. Insist on time together and savor every moment.
3. Allow yourself to stay close to home: The time between Christmas and New Year's offers dozens of opportunities to see light displays, participate in special events at local attractions, and travel to holiday happenings near and far. But there's something wonderful about enjoying an afternoon with hot chocolate and an old movie, family game nights, and quiet meals in your own home without the pressure of homework, early bedtimes, or lunch preparation for the next day.
If all else fails and you're feeling exhausted from holiday procrastination or a bit too much holiday cheer, remember this....winter break only comes once a year.
Have a fabulous New Year!