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  • Writer's pictureDeb


Wanting the perfect family experience is wonderful. But … whether you’re wanting a holiday season filled with Santa and reindeer fun or one filled with meaningful religious activities, burnout can become a problem regardless of your best intentions.

So, how do you choose what to do? And, what do you do if you’re already starting to feel holiday burnout?

I was lucky to grow up in a very laid-back family. Here are some tips I learned from my family and other tips I discovered through raising my own children that help me avoid holiday burnout:

Don’t worry about Christmas cards.

Among my brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, some send out Christmas cards and others don’t. We all enjoy receiving Christmas cards and newsletters, but we don’t worry about who sends or doesn’t send Christmas cards.

I finally went to writing a digital Christmas newsletter and emailing it to my relatives in a group email. One year, a Christmas newsletter didn't even get sent. My family still loves me.

Enlist your kids’ help whenever possible.