Present wrapping, card mailing, treat baking, kid wrangling, hectic schedules, less sleep, more chocolate… any of this sound familiar? Don’t get me wrong, I love so many things about the holidays. My mom and dad always made the holidays so nice and special that I can’t help but get all of the warm fuzzies when they come around.
But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a stressful time of year. And I do find myself wondering how I’m going to “get through” the holidays. As if it’s something to just get over and done with so I can breath a sigh of relief and finally relax. Over the past few years, I have tried to look at things differently. I take a deep breath and remember everything I am so lucky to have. Many things that others don’t have. And while I’m shopping and present wrapping (though I am starting to go more homemade DIY gifts), there are those stressing because they can’t afford to give their holiday the Christmas I was fortunate enough to have growing up. Last year I started volunteering as a Toy Room Team Lead. I have been volunteering at Sunnyvale Community Services for over a couple of years now and have been finding myself gradually more involved.
It can be stressful actually, it’s a lot of long hours and trying to make sure we have everything ready and organized. As I try and juggle everything else, I did find myself getting less sleep, making poor food choices and perhaps maybe even a little grumpiness, BUT it also helps ground me.
Here are some pictures of the Christmas Centre we put on so that families in need can come in and get everything from basic supplies from hygiene products to canned & fresh food and toys for the kids.
This year I got promoted to Assistant Toy Shopper!
Check out all of the toys we had to organize (this is about 1/4 of them – we had over 1,000 families come through).
What are your tips & tricks for relaxing through the holidays?