How to Make the Holidays Matter

[Enjoy this article with three simple tips that work on making how to make the holidays more meaningful.]

A few years ago on a lovely September day, it hit me that October was soon to arrive, and with it, the holidays. Suddenly, a sort of anxiety attack came over me. 

That was it.

Knowing it was time for a change in my approach, I listed, eliminated, experimented, and ultimately wrote a book on how to Simplify & Savor the Season. Here are a few tips from it that worked for me and my family, and might work for yours.

1. Get the family buy-in. Make it a family experience by involving all able members from the start. We typically hold a family night in early to mid-November and make our very simple three-step Holiday Plan. The first thing is to "focus on a feeling"-what feeling do we want to create this holiday season? Is it gratitude, joy, peace, contentment, service-mindedness? Once we figure out the feeling, then we choose the activities that create and support it. 

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