Ten Tips for Making Your Holidays Amazing!

The school bell has rung, class is now in session!

Last year I had the pleasure of hearing Denise Ryan speak, and she was so uplifting. She is a professional speaker, who does not disappoint. I want to share something she emailed me yesterday with you all in hopes that it will give you a bit of holiday cheer. Enjoy!

Winter Wonderland
Ten Tips for Making Your Holidays Amazing!
By Denise Ryan

1)     Deck the halls, walls, and everything else! Or don’t. Some people love to pull out all the stops. It seems to be a thing this year and I say – go for it! I love looking at all those lights! But if the thought of all that work depresses you – don’t do it. This is your holiday.
2)     Say no to guilt. If you feel guilty because you didn’t (get out Christmas cards, attend the Zoom holiday party, buy your kids everything they ever wanted, etc.), stop. Guilt is a wasted emotion. Do those things or don’t – feeling guilty changes nothing.
3)     Watch a holiday show. I have my favorite – A Christmas Story (just can’t get enough of Ralphie) and who doesn’t love The Grinch Who Stole Christmas? If you have kids or grandkids, you need to make sure they are introduced to the classics. They really need to see the Abominable Snowman and Hermey the Elf Dentist. I think we could all use a little nostalgia this year.
4)     Give everyone some grace. See an older person go into a store without a mask on? Try thinking, “I can’t imagine how scary all this must be for him.” You are not the mask police and you have no idea of his world. What if he has dementia? Or respiratory issues? We need to stop pointing out what everyone else is doing wrong and focus on doing our best. Not one of us is perfect. And you’ll feel better if you stop judging everyone (you can start again after the holidays).
5)     Play some games. Most family gatherings will be smaller this year and there’s nothing better than doing something together. Any game or project (build a gingerbread house?) Everyone can participate. Fun and laughter should be holiday goals every year, but this year they are musts.
6)     PUT DOWN THE PHONE! Be present this year. Instead of posting pics of your grandkids, why don’t you focus on playing with them? Instead of worrying about your hair for a selfie, notice others. E-mail can wait. Life is precious – has this pandemic taught us nothing?
7)     Eat! The holidays produce some amazing treats – enjoy them! I’m all about nostalgia this year – make one of your Mom’s favorite cookie recipes. Or try something new! Food is a wonderful comfort, and I’m giving you a holiday pass. We’ll get back on track in 2021.
8)     Reach out. Pick 5 of your favorite people that you won’t get to see this year and take the time to contact them. It can be a call, a text – whatever works for you. This stupid pandemic has isolated us from each other when we need each other the most. You’ll be glad you did and it will have a big impact. Never has so little meant so much.
9)     Dare to be silly. 2020 has been the year of taking everything WAY too seriously. Elections, social unrest, pandemic, toilet paper shortages – it is time to unleash the silly. Whatever your holiday celebration is, take it upon yourself to be the Minister of Fun. Get everyone a gag gift or wear a ridiculous outfit. If your house is filled with laughter, the holidays will be wonderful indeed.
10) Be grateful. We are lucky beyond measure. If you are reading this, you have electricity and technology. You are literate and safe. And while this has been a hard year, you are making it through, and you will be wiser for it.  Focus on all the good this holiday season and you will be rich beyond measure.
I am very grateful for your readership! I wish you joyous celebrations and much happiness this holiday! The best is yet to be!
The school bell has rung, class dismissed!

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