What do you do to keep your sanity? What are your holiday traditions? I keep my sanity by not hosting dinners. Yes, my spouse is a chef, but also a person who deserves downtime (so, no FoodNetwork extravaganza or crazy plus ones- been there done that!). I also got out of the gift giving business. Okay, I buy a few things on Cyber Monday, but you have to be in my immediate circle to expect a gift. Over a decade back a friend asked me what I had gotten for Christmas the year before and I couldn’t remember. He informed me that he asked all his friends what he had gotten them the last three Christmas and if they could remember they would make his Christmas list. I thought “Wow, harsh!”, but maybe he was on to something. I tried this with a few people and some claim to know, but I couldn’t truly verify it (because, hell, I couldn’t remember!). So, since then I have shared this idea with my siblings and we gave up picking names out of hat and started playing a wild game of white elephant each year. I stop buying my nieces and nephews toys and have gone the experience route. Our tradition is to pick a movie and we will go to the opening premiere. My holiday tradition is pure self-care. I take a few days off of work and I unplug and just let myself be. Some of my favorite things to do during this mini break are:
- A hot bath
- DIY a face or hair mask.
- Co-cook with my spouse
- Start a new book,podcast or audiobook.
- Curl up in front of the television with my favorite blanket and Netflix.
What do you do for holiday self-care?