Tips for Holiday Happiness

The holiday season can be an exciting and joyful time, but it can also be stressful and overwhelming at times. Between the school functions, the services, parties, and shopping for gifts, commitments can add up quickly. To help combat some of that holiday stress, we’ve put together a list of some ideas to help create some extra happiness in your life and your holidays.

Remember the reason for the season– It’s easy to get frustrated in long lines, crowded stores and in busy bumper-to-bumper traffic. But take a moment to remember the things in life that make you happy, and the people in your life that bring you joy. Smile, because you never know whose day you can brighten with that small act of kindness.

Prioritize –  Don’t over-schedule or over-commit to anything; instead determine which events, traditions and activities are most important to you and your family. Allow yourself to set limits. At the end of the day and the month, the most important essentials – family and friends – will still be there to last.

Create new family traditions and make memories – Whether you are watching a Christmas movie with family, decorating the tree, making paper chains, baking cookies or attending neighborhood holiday events, it’s important to keep traditions alive. Children and families look forward to these annual holiday traditions. They provide a sense of joy, excitement and also create an opportunity to enjoy some down time together during the holiday hustle and bustle.

Help others and give back as a family – Giving back always feels good and the holidays are the perfect time to teach children the importance of helping others. Whether it’s volunteering to feed others at a local shelter, or donating your out-grown clothing to a deserving organization, there is no better time to help where and when you can during this season. This year’s Brunch with Santa and Toy Drive to benefit Toys for Tots on Sunday, December 15th is the perfect opportunity to show children the magic of giving back. Donate new, unwrapped toys for less fortunate children. All families in attendance will be treated to a visit from Santa and a free pancake breakfast.

We hope these tips help to keep a little extra happy in your holidays. The staff at Rancho Sahuarita wish you and your family a very “Happy” Holiday Season!

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