November 1st through January 2nd is a crazy time for everyone. It doesn’t matter what you do or don’t celebrate, that 2 month stretch is the busiest time of the social calendar year. A holiday cocktail party followed by a gingerbread house building competition, followed by an ugly sweater party, followed by a tree lighting ceremony, holiday parade, office party, dinner with friends, the list goes on and on. ‘Tis the season to be jolly…However, the endless barrage of events can be exhausting, expensive, time-consuming, and have the potential to turn you into a grinch. Let’s avoid that, shall we? Here’s how:
- Don’t overcommit – You will undoubtedly receive invitations to parties/events that are on the same night. When that happens, PICK ONE! There is no need to be a crazy person and try to run around town to make appearances at multiple places in one evening. This tactic will keep you sane, and help you to be present at the party you choose to attend, rather than glancing at your watch every 5 minutes to make sure you’re on schedule.
- Watch your <spiked> eggnog intake… – Holiday parties are fun on their own. The tacky sweaters, the gingerbread, the white elephant gift exchanges, the music, all combine to create a Winter Wonderland. While alcohol can definitely enhance an event, you absolutely do not want to be the employee who has one too many and tries to kiss your boss’ wife under the mistletoe. Enjoy, but keep it under control- you should know your limits by now.
- “The Holiday 15” – Did you know that the average American gains between 10 and 15 pounds from October to January?? YIKES. Drinking wintery beverages and eating heavy food is to blame. And the fact that it gets dark at 5:00 does nothing for evening workout motivation. The weight gain can be avoided by consciously looking for healthy options at parties you attend. Eat the veggies and hummus instead of the double chocolate oreo truffles. OR go big and eat the truffles, just make sure you get to the gym the next day. Life is about moderation, people.
- Budget, budget, budget – Post holiday credit card statements can cause shock induced panic, and reactions like “there is no WAY I spent that much.” The solution? Create a holiday budget well in advance, and stick to it! Buying gifts adds up quickly, and once you include the dinners, cocktail parties, and travel expenses, you might feel like you need to pull a Thelma & Louise just to breakeven. If you give yourself a budget with a little wiggle room, you’ll be able to avoid robbing a bank…otherwise known as being a responsible adult.
- Keep it all in perspective – “It’s the most wonderful time of the year”…..right?? It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season; make sure to take the time to step back, take a deep breath, look around, and appreciate who you’re with. The most important part of the holiday season is spending time with loved ones, don’t let that be overshadowed by the busyness that goes hand-in-hand with this time of year.
This season, don’t let yourself be sucked into stress traps. Take our advice, and enjoy your time at holiday parties with friends and family 🙂 What are some of the ways that you avoid turning into Scrooge around the holidays? Tell us in the comments section below!