I was thrilled to find Kirsten Dirksen's post on The Huffington Post, How to Have a Slow Holiday: Re-learning How to Play, and the accompanying video, Slow Christmas: how we play (no shopping required), about how her family celebrates Christmas. She writes:
"After all, polls show that 90% of Americans feel anxiety around the holidays. So I'd like to propose a solution: don't shop, play."Love it.
Her family has "shopping-free" Christmases where people give things that they already own. Love that too!
Porter McConnell, of Slow Christmas has some good tips in her post, Down to the Wire: 3 Tips to Christmas Sanity. I particularly liked Tip 2:
"Ask yourself, is this a situation where my need for speed is legitimate, i.e. am I being pursued by bears?"The Psychology Today blog, The Power of Slow, also has a post with Top Ten Ideas to Slow Down This Holiday Season by Christine Louise Hohlbaum. One of my favorites was:
"Busy is a mindset. Try saying the words 'I have time.'"Finally, Slow Family Living has a 14-page Creating YOUR Slow Holiday e-book, which I just downloaded for $7.50. I'm going to hunker down with it this weekend. Most of it is workbook-style, with questions like:
"What messages do you get now from society and from friends and family about what the holidays should look and feel like?"If you're one of the few people who doesn't get stressed out around the holidays, please, share your tips!
Cross-posted from BlogHer.com