Holidays can be a big disappointment, especially if you have great expectations. They can lead to a post-holiday period of depression. If possible, enjoy people, not things. Children and animals are a great source of enjoyment at anytime of the year, but things might get a little tense during the holidays. Expect them to act up and be prepared for this by not expecting too much of them. Children might miss nap times or go to bed too late or get up way early so as not to miss a moment of the excitement. There can be too much stuff and there might be fights over possession of it. Excitement can lead to bad manners and lapses in behavior such as in toilet training in children and animals.
If possible, spread the celebrating out over the holidays and include someone who has no one with whom to celebrate the holidays. Put some of the new toys and gadgets up and bring them out later when the new has worn off the things that you left out. Plan an outing for after the holidays. Perhaps to pick out something like a pet or use a gift card. If you are going to be alone after family and friends leave, save something to do or have as a treat for yourself then.
Simply your holiday plans and delegate some of the responsibilities. Prepare for potential disasters. If you are having small children at your celebration, you might want to child proof your house, your decorations, and your tree to some extent. Remember little children often require someone to watch them and supervise them. If you acknowledge this need, you won’t be disappointed when the adults don’t have as much of a chance to enjoy the celebration. For some people, babysitting is the perfect Christmas gift.
Remember sometimes your time is the best gift you can give. Whether you have somebody over or go to a celebration elsewhere, the best thing you can do is be there, be truly present. I recently went to a Christmas program put on by a friend of mine and I watched, listened to, and appreciated the children’s performances even though I knew none of them. Afterwards, my friend said she appreciated having a familiar face in the audience for her performance.