Six ways to have a meaningful holiday season

It’s the holiday season: A time for friends, family, food and fun. It can also be a time that leaves people – especially mothers! – feeling depleted, stressed and searching for meaning.

Let’s face it: Moms run the world and we especially run the holidays. From Elf on the Shelf, to cookie baking, gift wrapping, party attending (or hosting!) and everything in between, the holiday season can be rough on moms.

If you are searching for meaning this holiday season, we are here to help. Here are six ways to have a meaningful holiday season. Read on:

Hygge

Maybe you have heard of this Danish word (pronounced hoo-gah) that means warmth, coziness, and more during the winter months. Hygge is a good practice to begin with your family. Finding the little pleasures and coziness in your life can help you destress and relax this holiday season.

Scale back

You have probably heard of the Four Gifts Christmas Challenge, where you give kids something they want, something they need, something to wear and something to read. It’s a way of scaling back on gifts (who needs more stuff?) and focusing on quality, useful gifts.

Tradition

In the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, it can be difficult to focus on family traditions during the holidays. Maybe you are too focused on the family traditions you had as a child or maybe you never had any. In any case, make this year the year that you make – and keep – one family tradition. It can be as simple as a new ornament in your child’s stocking or having your own Polar Express with cocoa and holiday lights.

Volunteer

Want a more meaningful holiday? Give of your time. It’s super easy this time of year to find places to volunteer. Bring your children too, if they are old enough.

Give back

If you have been blessed this year, find a way to give back this holiday season. Adopt a family, make a donation in someone’s name or just have a day where you do random acts of kindness. You’ll feel less like a Grinch if you are focused on giving.

Take a break

No one wants to spend all of their time running around during the holidays. It is OK to say no to a party you don’t really want to attend or take a pass on an activity that doesn’t sound like a good fit for your family.

Everything Birth

The Everything Birth family wishes your family a safe, healthy and gratitude-filled holiday season!