This week seems to be the busiest for holiday preparations as people cross things off their lists before they settle into vacation mode next week. No matter how simple your holiday plans, it can still feel rushed, and there are lots of chances for things to go wrong.
* When the package tracking says “Delivered,” but the delivery truck never showed up.
* When you shuffle little kids in and out of car seats on the coldest day of the year.
* When the quick trip to the store took forever because you needed five minutes just to make it out of the crowded parking lot.
* When it’s your third time to exchange the mini lights at the store, and you really hope this strand will work this time.
Take the long-term perspective. A year from now you will have gotten over mishaps, so don’t let them spoil your cheer right now. Don’t let the “stuff” be overly important. It’s just stuff.
Keeping a cheerful holiday mood is more about a choice of attitude, not ideal circumstances. Your family won’t suddenly be perfect just because it’s time to put the ornaments on the tree. You can still have fun even it’s late and the rest of the house is messy.
So plan enough time for things to take longer than you think, don’t get wrapped up in the idea that a certain tradition or something you buy can make or break your holiday, and don’t expect your loved ones to act any differently from how they normally are just because it’s Christmas.
(Oh, and bring snacks with you when you go places. Snacks can save the day and turn a long errand into a fun outing. Don’t underestimate the influence of a juice box and cookies.)