So, I am a Christmas Nut! I adore the holidays and start planning them in August. Transitioning out of them for me is tough. There is the challenge with healthy eating, finding new homes for the gifts we received, and even putting the decorations away is an emotional tug on my heart.
I leave up the winter themed decorations and add a valentine’s day twist. In my mind a penguin, snowman, nutcracker, and snowflake are all in the “ishy” zone for decor, sort of straddling Christmas and Valentines. In the beginning of being an adult I would swipe the slate clean in January and put everything I got out for the holidays back to how it was pre-Halloween but that bummed me out so now we do winter themed.
I also leave my nativity up until the second Sunday in January. We really love our nativity and it is in a super high unbreakable part of the house so I love for it to be up early and then stay out. And with three boys under 6 years old and 8 kids over all the unbreakable corners of the house are precious.
Health wise I am personally all about just accepting that there are going to be about 3 things a week trying to sabotage my healthy eating diet plans. I have about 20 pounds until my goal weight so I figure in about four months I will take a step back because it is before a major family trip decide if I am done losing weight or not. I know that the best way for me to get there is to not have days off from healthy eating so I have lots of special foods I only eat on those days that are events.
As I am finding new homes for the Christmas gifts for all the kids I keep in mind that having the child involved is super huge. I do not want them to think that I get rid of belongings when they leave so we clear a part of their room together such as one side of a closet and then I ask them to put the most important things in the space first. My mantra is we have to “Fit in the Space Provided.” After about half an hour they can usually see what things there is not space for which will go into attic storage or to be donated. If an item is super sentimental we give it to family friend so it can still be loved.
It is a lot to gear up for and I know that lots of us find January to be a bit shaky. Sort of like our life is made of the colorful pieces we see through a kaleidoscope and then it gets bumped after the holidays and it takes a moment to all fall into place. Good luck to us all!!!