Do you like to decorate for holidays? Okay, I’ll admit – I am not a fan.
It’s taken me several years to admit this. I was decorating the showroom and a customer noticed my frustration and I just blurted out, “I hate decorating for the holidays.” And she said, “Oh, that is so freeing to hear.” It made me think about the image of perfection that we portray in this world – especially around the holidays. So, I’m here to give some bits of advice to help all of us who are not perfect… survive the holidays.
First, I had to evaluate why I don’t like to decorate. Basically, it came down to the mess. Since that logic is unreasonable, I decided it would be good to move beyond that “hang up” and embrace decorating. Here is how:
- Now, while I don’t like to decorate, I do enjoy the fruits of my labor. I love the lights and the smells and music. So honestly, NOT decorating is NOT an option. So, I suggest, “getting it over with”. Instead of going to the mall on Black Friday, decorate your home! Turn on music and don’t think about it, just do it.
- Decorating early means that it is well worth your time.
- Expectations of others should be kept low. My family will keep me company but help? Nope. So I now plan on doing everything alone then if I get help I’m thrilled.
- Look forward to New Years Day! You will be able to clean everything up and start fresh in the New Year.
Lastly, remember that every year doesn’t need to be the same. Some years you will want to take it easy, low key and others go all out. Some years you have more energy and priorities, it’s important to remember to be gentle with yourself and do what you can do.
Enjoy the holidays – decorations and all – ENJOY!