It’s hard not to overcommit ourselves during this time of year. Between planning holiday celebrations, shopping and gift-giving and feeling the pressure to “do everything” so we can make the most of the season, the whole month of December can easily turn into one big to-do list. In the midst of all the bustle, it can be easy to lose sight of the people we’re doing all those special things for: our families.
We can’t tell you to clear the calendar completely this month, or not to rush around from party to party and store to store as you check off the must-do items. But we can remind you to find some time to stop and take a breath while you spend a few much-needed moments with the people you love. Use the family dinner table this month as a place where you can all pause, focus on each other, and remember all the reasons you’re grateful for the season. Here are some ways to keep dinner a sanctuary rather than a source of stress:
No matter what, how, when and why you’re celebrating this month, we hope you’ll keep coming back to the dinner table as a source of joy and connection all year long.
Meet the Buck family! Sara, Jamie and their two kids are finding ways to make dinner easier as their son enters his teen years.
Make the most of convenience foods in a tasty, nutritionist-approved recipe that will be on the table in under 20 minutes.
Adapt this activity to the season and have the whole family make and decorate holiday cards or notes of peace and kindness for others.
Get the family talking about their favorite parts of the season with this conversation starter!