Comments on: Managing Holiday Expectations http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/managing-holiday-expectations/ The Intersection of Design & Motherhood Wed, 09 Apr 2014 09:36:06 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 By: 20 árboles de Navidad | el blog de My Little Place http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/managing-holiday-expectations/comment-page-1/#comment-854459 20 árboles de Navidad | el blog de My Little Place Sun, 23 Feb 2014 21:05:01 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27589#comment-854459 [...] árbol con pompones de papel (vía designmom) [...]

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By: Friday Favorites « warmhotchocolate http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/managing-holiday-expectations/comment-page-1/#comment-418278 Friday Favorites « warmhotchocolate Fri, 07 Dec 2012 13:47:19 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27589#comment-418278 [...] this week I read an article  about managing stress and expectations during the holidays. The advice is simple, but helpful. [...]

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By: Glory Girl http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/managing-holiday-expectations/comment-page-1/#comment-418263 Glory Girl Fri, 07 Dec 2012 13:07:30 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27589#comment-418263 oh my goodness, i LOVE this!

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By: K Feeney http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/managing-holiday-expectations/comment-page-1/#comment-418180 K Feeney Fri, 07 Dec 2012 04:44:17 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27589#comment-418180 Get the book Unplug the Christmas Machine by Jo Robinson, and then sit back with a great holiday book like Truman Capote’s A Christmas Memory, or Madeline L’Engle’s The 24 Days Before Christmas, two beautiful ways of remembering that experiences matter more than things!

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By: Jenny http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/managing-holiday-expectations/comment-page-1/#comment-416314 Jenny Tue, 04 Dec 2012 06:22:53 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27589#comment-416314 I need to write down my expectations! I love that idea. I try to have all my shopping for our family done by Dec 1 and it helps a ton with errands and streas. I always have the kids write down a list of what they want to do at Christmastime but I need to write mine down-I’d feel tons better about life.

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By: Emily http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/managing-holiday-expectations/comment-page-1/#comment-416190 Emily Tue, 04 Dec 2012 02:07:20 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27589#comment-416190 As an adult child of divorced parents who live 8 hours from me and 45 minutes from one another, this is always tricky for me. Sometimes I feel I have to manage my own parents’ expectations of what I can and can’t accomplish during the holidays in an effort to preserve my own little family’s sanity. This year we are not traveling to visit my family. We are staying put in our own town and will do a local light tour, spend Christmas eve with our closest friends, and do whatever pleases us. I’m so relieved!

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By: Amy http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/managing-holiday-expectations/comment-page-1/#comment-416184 Amy Tue, 04 Dec 2012 02:01:41 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27589#comment-416184 OH my! How I needed to read that!!!! Thanks so much!!

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By: sarah jane http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/managing-holiday-expectations/comment-page-1/#comment-416120 sarah jane Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:21:13 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27589#comment-416120 So well Written Amy! I love that you have already scheduled in those things that I often end up dropping due to the craziness of the year. Thanks!

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/managing-holiday-expectations/comment-page-1/#comment-415992 Amy Hackworth Mon, 03 Dec 2012 21:27:09 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27589#comment-415992 Wow, this is great self-discipline, Martha. I’ll be thinking about this approach…

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/managing-holiday-expectations/comment-page-1/#comment-415991 Amy Hackworth Mon, 03 Dec 2012 21:26:05 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27589#comment-415991 Thanks, Lucy. Glad to hear I’m not alone. :)

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/managing-holiday-expectations/comment-page-1/#comment-415989 Amy Hackworth Mon, 03 Dec 2012 21:23:44 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27589#comment-415989 Yes, deep breaths are key! Trust that you do a great job at some things and let the rest go. Easier said than done, I know, but maybe that’s the gift you give yourself this year!

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/managing-holiday-expectations/comment-page-1/#comment-415987 Amy Hackworth Mon, 03 Dec 2012 21:21:55 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27589#comment-415987 Congrats on having your shopping done! (I’m a little jealous.) And I love your family’s approach to focusing on the little ones. That is bound to pay you back in sweet smiles and delighted faces!

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By: Amy Hackworth http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/managing-holiday-expectations/comment-page-1/#comment-415984 Amy Hackworth Mon, 03 Dec 2012 21:18:04 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27589#comment-415984 I like it, Angela. It’s like a visual, tactile calendar. And I love that you say if didn’t make the top 25 then it’s not worth worrying about. Smart.

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By: Sara http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/managing-holiday-expectations/comment-page-1/#comment-415971 Sara Mon, 03 Dec 2012 21:07:27 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27589#comment-415971 Such a true phenomenon!! I think this is another example where sometimes all the great social media we are exposed to is just too much! Everywhere you look there are more examples of every aspect of the holidays, done to the max, and it can really make you feel like you have to do it ALL…AND have it all done by Thanksgiving!!!! But, that’s impossible!! I do go a bit insane at Christmas time, but definitely trying to plan and schedule the activities that are most important to us has helped it feel more manageable. This is really good advice.

The other thing for me is also anticipating the stress ;). For example, I just know I will be totally freaking out the day before our holiday party. Of course, if I eliminated some other things (like co-hosting a baby shower the weekend before, waiting to take try to get our now yearly traditional candid holiday card photo while we are at the tree farm, etc.) it would be less stressful, but if I want to fit in all the things I really, really enjoy, I have to adjust my expectations for my anxiety ;)!

I’m working on trying to both focus and enjoy the moment of the activity, and to anticipate that I will get stressed out, accept that it’s ok, and not it let it ruin the fun. I know I have to do that AND still let some things go. (We won’t get our tree until next weekend, our cards go out pretty late, we don’t do gingerbread houses or elaborate homemade cookies, the gifts don’t get wrapped until Christmas Eve, etc.)

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By: Annik http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/managing-holiday-expectations/comment-page-1/#comment-415920 Annik Mon, 03 Dec 2012 20:11:29 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27589#comment-415920 This time of year=major anxiety for me. I feel like I’m not buying enough, not decorating enough, not baking enough, etc. Every year I vow to send out my Christmas cards early but I think the last time I actually managed to send some out was 2007.

Thanks for this article. Will now try to take a deep breath and not worry so much about achieving Christmas perfection.

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By: SunnyDay http://www.designmom.com/2012/12/managing-holiday-expectations/comment-page-1/#comment-415897 SunnyDay Mon, 03 Dec 2012 19:54:47 +0000 http://www.designmom.com/?p=27589#comment-415897 I read this amazing post and I thought it could help us all, too!

http://drkellyflanagan.com/2012/11/30/we-wish-you-a-messy-christmas/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=we-wish-you-a-messy-christmas

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