How to Enjoy Your Christmas Break - Keep Expectations Realistic

I always loved Christmas break growing up. Time to relax but also time to spend with my family. This week we're helping you out with some ideas in case you get stuck coming up with some on your own.

Remember to lower your expectations. Keep in mind everything with the holiday doesn't have to be perfect. The kids may complain at times and family members may run late. Keep your expectations realistic versus unrealistic. How can you tell the difference? If your expectations require others to act differently than they normally do, then your expectations are unrealistic.

Share your expectations of how you'd like the break to be, and collaborate with other family members. Do you want the break to be filled with a lot of family time and activities? Or, would you rather it be filled with lots of naps and down time? Share these expectations with other family members so they can share their expectations as well, then come up with a plan together so everyone's needs can be met.

Accept challenging family members for who they are. In order to enjoy your break, you might have to resolve yourself to the fact that you can't change family members. You'll have a lot less headaches with this perspective.

Please keep reading for more ideas on how to prepare for your upcoming break!

Written by: Tammy McCord MA, LMHC, LCAC

*Tammy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling  at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.