Most of us would say that our time is valuable, and that is very true. Any homeschool mom or homeschool support group leader knows how busy our lives can get! Most people are overwhelmed by the pressures anytime in the year, but we are especially susceptible to this over the Christmas season—how do we balance expectations with reality?
In this time of year, the excitement of the decorations and the wonderful smells of the season play highly on our senses, not to mention the financial burdens of making it all work weighing heavily on our minds too. Shopping, gift-giving, entertaining guests and/or making travel plans are exhausting.
The expectations we put on ourselves during this time of year can often make us feel less than perfect.
Contributing to something greater than ourselves has a very positive impact on emotions during the holidays. But these activities frequently require sacrificing time that we may not have. If you have a little more free time during this time of year, treat yourself with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa and think about giving back to some others to bring you some joy.
Take your kids to a volunteer event to pack gift boxes or serve hot meals. Kids can have such a heart for those less fortunate, and it is a great lesson for them to learn. If your child plays an instrument, I would also suggest performing at a nursing home for their Christmas program. Whatever you may choose, it will be a wonderful way to bring a little joy to others.
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