Christmas Countdown Day 4: Connect With Holiday Values

Holiday Values exercise

What do you really want for Christmas?

For most of us, our dreams center around family, faith and friends: a celebration of our deepest joys.

Yet too often, those dreams go by the wayside as the holidays take on a life of their own. What can cause this distortion of what we truly want?

The season brings many pressures to bear on our celebration. Holiday commercials raise their voice to an unavoidable shriek during this time of year. Lavish television programs showcase food and décor standards out of all reality. A trip to the mall can bring a quick end to a wish for a homemade holiday; all that glitz can be seductive!

Even our families can be parties to holiday distortion. Spouses may bring different expectations and family traditions to the same holiday. Children may clamor for a Christmas measured by a classmate's yardstick. Family traditions can live on well beyond their time, no longer enjoyed but not yet willing to leave.

Solution? Connect with your holiday values before you plan for the holiday season. Put your most cherished wishes at the center of your celebration ... for an organized Christmas.

To Do Today

Complete the holiday values exercise

To keep the season centered around the ideals your family holds dear, make a pre-season holiday values check. This short values exercise will keep you focused as you prepare for the holiday celebration.

Use the Holiday Values Worksheet to record your findings. Add a second sheet--or take notes--to track answers given by other family members in a second, fact-finding session.

Use the results to trim your celebration to the things you hold most dear ... to do less and enjoy it more this holiday season.

To Read Today

How to have the holiday of your dreams? Focus on family values!

Before the Season: Focus on Family Values

Will you visit family or take a Christmas holiday? Try these tips to keep the “happy” in holiday travel:

Tips for Holiday Season Travel

Today's Recipe

reindeer chowKitchen gifts are the right stuff: creative, consumable and low-cost. What does Mrs. Santa give from her kitchen? Reindeer Chow! A little bit salty, a little bit sweet--and a lot crunchy--this snack mix is Rudolph's favorite.

Package Reindeer Chow snack mix in zipper food storage bags or holiday-print cello bags from the candy crafts aisle. Add a free printable Reindeer Chow gift tag to make it easy to create Secret Santa gifts or school party favors:

Reindeer Chow

To Print Today

Holiday Values Check

Holiday Plans: