11.10.2010

Where's your focus?

With all of this gorgeous weather we’ve been having in Central Iowa, it’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only two weeks away; but it will be here before we know it. Almost all of my favorite traditions from this time of year are with my family. It’s one of the few times of the year that we can freeze time for a little while and spend some quality time together before the hustle and bustle of life takes over again.

Now that I’ve grown up and live farther away from family, I cherish the moments that I’m with them even more. Everything else that comes with the season (gifts, TV specials, lavish meals) is simply a bonus. Regardless, if you’re anything like me, the holiday season kind of gets the best of you and before you know it, you forget all of those family moments that you loved about the season in the first place.

So what if this year we focused on making sure that those family moments stay the priority? Instead of worrying about making the perfect holiday meal and having all of the best décor, think of new and fun activities that you could do with your family as an alternative to the usual holiday frenzy.

If you just can’t fathom the idea of taking attention off of preparing your holiday meal (because lets face it, most of us cant), maybe think of ways that you can make it a little healthier this year. Use less butter in your mashed potatoes, prepare gravy without all of the extra turkey grease, or make a pumpkin dessert that doesn’t involve the monstrous amount of calories in a slice of pie. You might still be spending most of your time on food, but at least you’ll still be doing something good for the health of your loved ones in the meantime.

Really think about your holiday traditions though- where is the focus, food or family? The good thing is you don’t have to choose one or the other, just make sure that they complement each other and I assure that you will have a very enjoyable holiday season this year.