Strategies to Avoid Overscheduling Your Holiday

0 comments Posted on November 12, 2020

by Kimberly Rose Johnson

Some might think it’s a myth that the holidays are the most wonderful time of the year with so many activities and chores vying for our time. However, with careful planning and a little compromise, they truly can be relaxing and fun.

Below are a couple of strategies I use to make the holidays a relaxing and enjoyable time for my family and me.

  1. Take charge of your schedule. Figure out what you and your family truly love during the holidays and forget everything else. Maybe your list of must-do activities is long enough to stress the most unflappable of us all. If that’s you, then try writing each activity on a small piece of paper. Place each paper in a vessel of some sort and draw out a realistic number of papers. Make it a fun game if you have children. The winners are the activities that get your time this year.
  2. Start preparing for the holidays early. By doing so, you will be able to sit back and enjoy the season without frantically looking for that perfect gift the day before Christmas. I literally start my shopping in September. This not only frees up my time later, but it helps to spread the cost over several months.

In my book, Certain Threat, the characters have a week none of us would want right before Christmas. There is no hope for Christmas planning. In fact, it was the last thing on their minds. Planning ahead is key to a relaxing holiday season. Embrace it, so when life throws you a curveball, you’ll be ready.

Award winning author Kimberly Rose Johnson married her college sweetheart and lives in the Pacific Northwest. From a young child Kimberly has been an avid reader. That love of reading fostered a creative mind and led to her passion for writing. She writes contemporary romantic mystery and suspense with a heart. Learn more at


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