If you’re like me, you can’t quite believe it’s December … even when it’s almost Christmas. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or another holiday, December can be a magical month … or it can be a stressful month.
“Christmas … is not a date. It is a state of mind.” Mary Ellen Chase
I’ve found that I can enjoy my family and the holiday season best by slowing down, keeping obligations to a minimum, and focusing on my family and the magic of the season.
Family activities like Advent wreaths and calendars can be special and fun – if you feel ready to enjoy them. I have a post at Living Montessori Now with hundreds of December holiday activities.
I also wrote a post called “10 Tips for Avoiding Holiday Burnout.” When Will and Christina were growing up, we were able to have wonderful Christmases by just choosing a few favorite activities that we all found fun and relaxing – ones that created special memories but not a lot of stress.
One of our chosen ways to get into the Christmas spirit was to drive through specially decorated parts of the city. Now, we can find some amazing Christmas inspiration on YouTube.
Here you can find some of the best Christmas light shows on YouTube.
Here’s another video that helps me feel excited about the Christmas season:
“Hallelujah Chorus -Kuinerrarmiut Elitnaurviat 5th Grade – Quinhagak, Alaska”
Here’s a post with two of my favorite early-season Christmas inspirational videos: Project Smile – Flash Mob Smiles.
And you’ll find both inspiration and laughter for the Christmas season in this post: YouTube Inspiration for Christmas Day (doesn’t need to wait until Christmas Day).
Wishing you true happiness this holiday season!