The holidays are upon us. If you’re like me, Thanksgiving is the signal for a breakneck pace, the rush to prepare. The retailers have been reminding us for weeks that it’s time to start but for most of us, it takes Thanksgiving to get us into gear.
Yes, there are many among us who prepare all year long. Their gifts are chosen, wrapped and awaiting a position beneath someone's tree. Not me. I have done nothing.
For those of us who haven’t begun, there’s still time to be sure our holidays will be memorable. It does, however, take a little forethought and planning – over the next couple of days. Before entering the shopping madness, take a moment to consider these.
First, what do you expect from your holidays? Have you ever asked yourself that - what you expect from your holiday season? It’s important to nail down expectations so there isn’t a sense of regret or unfulfilled promise at the end. The holidays are so full of energy and hope but if we don’t know what we’re anticipating, it’s likely we’ll be let down.
Next, recall yours and your family’s favorite traditions. Your favorites will lead the list of choices for this season. Remember to consider whether there have been any changes in other, life changes may mean holiday choices will be different this year.
Don’t forget to cross off those traditions that no longer satisfy. We evolve. We change. It’s not heresy to change your favorites. This might be the year for a new tradition. What will it be?
Look at the calendar. Figure out your timing. The school choir’s performance. The tickets to The Nutcracker. What are the things that are already commitments? What about parties you want to give or you expect to attend?
Tomorrow is the last day of November. That leaves little time for a lot of celebrating. Consider this, New Years’ Eve is a mere 31 days off! Now’s the time to let your calendar help guide you.
Making choices. We can’t do it all; there are just too many possibilities in the holiday season. It’s time to decide what you will do in Holiday Season 2013 and what you will leave for seasons beyond.
What will make this holiday season memorable? What can you do to be sure it’s a year you’ll happily remember? Starting a new tradition can make it memorable.
Avoid end-of-season regrets. Making plans – a traditions plan and a money plan – will help you prevent disappointment or regret.
Savor. That’s right; don’t forget to enjoy the fruits of your planning. Enjoy the moment. Breathe in the scents. Delight in the sounds, the flavors and your uplifted spirits,. Appreciate all that you have, all that is a part of your 2013 holiday season.