It is so easy for me to become a Holiday Grump by getting lost in the details of the holidays rather than simply enjoy them with my kids.

Personally, I love everything the holidays are supposed to represent: special food, family get-togethers, holiday traditions, making new memories, laughter and joy.

No, it is not the holidays that are the problem, but the pressure of that they can sometimes cause. Those picture perfect memories that warm the heart and simultaneously raises the “I need to do this..” and “Oh yeah, can’t forget about that…” Sometimes the stakes can feel even higher if its the first holiday season with your children or even the last holiday season before they graduate and go off to college. It is so easy for me to become a Holiday Grump by getting lost in the details of the holidays rather than simply enjoy them with my kids.

So here’s an idea: Let’s make this Holiday Season different. Let’s make this the one year where we spend more time being with our children, rather than doing and preventing busyness from steal our holiday joy. Whaddya say?

How do we do this?

Well, honestly I’m not sure there are any perfect therapeutic protocols to alleviate The Holiday Grump Disorder. They didn’t teach this in grad school. But I think a great place to start may be to think of the one thing that makes you feel the most bogged down, and either forgo it or rework it so that it is more manageable.

Ok Mom’s, what do you think? No Holiday Grumps Allowed!