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The holidays are a time for family, friends, and lots of fun. But, unfortunately, it can also be a challenging time, especially if you’re trying to get your household in the holiday spirit. Between shopping for gifts, cooking dinner, and putting up decorations, it can be hard to know where to start. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 5 helpful tips to help make your holiday season a little bit easier!

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Start with decorations:

The best way to get in the holiday spirit is by decorating your home. You don’t have to go overboard – simple touches like a festive wreath on the front door, garland around the fireplace, and string lights around windows can make all the difference. However, if you’re feeling creative, why not try making some of your decorations? You could even challenge other household members to see who can make the most unique tree ornament or decorate their bedroom door with fabrics from Fabric Design Treasures! This will help to get everyone into the festive mood and create a warm, inviting atmosphere.


Get cooking:

Nothing says “holiday spirit” like the smell of delicious food! So whether you’re making seasonal favorites or trying out new recipes, involve your whole family in the process. Have younger members measure ingredients while older members chop and stir. Getting everyone in the kitchen together allows for time to bond as you create something special—and tasty!


Once your masterpiece is finished, bundle up and enjoy your meal outdoors if possible. Even if it’s cold, being outside can help bring a feeling of closeness to nature that makes us appreciate the season even more. If outdoor dining isn’t an option for your family, try bringing the outdoors in with potted plants or incorporate holly or mistletoe into your tablescape.


Spend quality time:

The holidays can be hectic, and it’s easy to get caught up in the chaos. Take some time out for yourself and your family by doing activities that bring you all together. Whether it’s baking cookies, watching holiday movies, or playing board games, find something everyone enjoys doing so that you can have quality time with your loved ones.


Another great way to spend quality time together is by volunteering! Giving back as a family creates a sense of unity while helping those in need. Many charities accept volunteers throughout the holiday season – this could mean helping at a soup kitchen, visiting an animal shelter, or even wrapping presents for those less fortunate.


Get creative with gifts:

Gift-giving is one of the best parts of the holidays! Instead of opting for store-bought presents, why not make something unique? If you’re artistic or crafty, consider making handmade ornaments as gifts. For those who like to bake, homemade cookies are always a big hit. You can also get creative by creating photo albums, scrapbooks, or even writing a heartfelt letter for your loved ones. Not only will these meaningful gifts be cherished for years to come, but they also show that you put extra effort into showing appreciation this festive season.


Relax and enjoy:

Finally, remember to relax and actually enjoy the holiday season! Yes, it’s great to check off your to-do lists, but make sure to take time out for yourself and savor the moment. Take a walk in nature or spend an evening under the stars – whatever helps you relax, be sure to do it! The holiday season may be crazy at times, but it can also be filled with laughter and love. So don’t forget to enjoy every second of it!


By following these five tips, your household will be in the holiday spirit before you know it. With some creativity and extra effort, you can turn this festive season into one full of joy, cheer, and lasting memories.

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Kori is a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, product creator, and coach; Kori shares autism family life- the highs, lows, messy, and real. Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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