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10 Things I Refuse to Do This Holiday Season

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What holiday obligations make you cringe?

Are you the kind or person that looks forward to the holidays all year long, or do you just sometimes wish they’d go away?

Most of the angst comes from doing a lot of things we don’t want to do or worse, don’t have any time to do. (Why is it still so hard for so many of us to simply say no?)

In an effort to retain my sanity and actually enjoy the holiday as opposed to just get through it, I’ve compiled a list of a few things I just will not do this holiday season:

1. Attend holiday parties that I don’t want to attend. We all have obligations but shouldn’t our own happiness fall somewhere into our priorities? I adored Katie Arnold Ratliff’s article on staying home with just her husband only for the holidays in the December issue of O Magazine.

2. Go overboard on presents. More does not equate with a better holiday because material things never equal happiness … ever.

3. Buy any overpriced, piece of junk because it’s this year’s biggest fad. When I’ve done this in the past, I have always regretted it.

4. Do last minute shopping. This makes the holiday annoying and stressful- the polar opposite of fun.

5. Stress… in any capacity. I plan to start not stressing ASAP.

6. Buy anything just because it’s on sale. Deals can unfortunately be synonymous with junk.

7. Rush…I want to take in each moment because that is the only was to enjoy anything.

8. Spend more time in the kitchen, cooking, cleaning or decorating than playing with my kids.

9. Miss watching Charlie Brown’s Christmas, Frosty The Snowman or Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Homework be damned (or at least finished earlier). When those movies are on, we’re watching them together as a family.

10. NOT enjoy the season. Life’s too short and the holidays are too precious to not savor. Kids grown up, family members pass on…the time to enjoy each other is right now.

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