‘Tis the season to be jolly…

… and busy, stressed, frazzled and overwhelmed, right? All the last minute shopping, baking, cleaning, and wrapping. All the cookie swaps, gift exchanges, work parties, and family festivities. All awesome activities– opportunities to make wonderful memories– but sometimes it’s just too much. We’re so busy that we don’t even get to appreciate the moments as they fly by. It’s easy to forget about sharing and caring and the real meaning of Christmas. It’s easy to try to do everything and then end up enjoying nothing. So, here’s a simple acrostic poem I came up with to help make this ‘the most wonderful time of the year’. We need to remind ourselves to slow down, step back, and just breathe.

B– Begin your day with gratitude.

R– Remember the real reason for the season.

E– Eat healthy (most of the time). 

A– Accept the fact you can’t ‘do it all’.

T– Take time for yourself. 

H– Help someone else.

E– Enjoy each moment.

Sounds easy enough, right? Maybe not. But it’s most definitely worth it.                                                                       How do YOU survive the stress of the season?



  • Reply Claire B.

    Gratitude and living in the moment–that’s really awesome advice for making the most of Christmas. I tend to always feel like I need to be doing something and end up rushing from one thing to another, without taking a moment to soak it in! Also, love love love your outfit. πŸ™‚ It’s super cute, but looks comfy too!

    December 22, 2016 at 10:19 pm
    • Reply Cailee

      Thank you so much!! You’re so sweet! And I’m so glad you agree. It can be hard to be present when we’re used to being so busy, but it’s so important (especially this time of year) to enjoy ourselves!
      Sincerely, Cailee!

      December 23, 2016 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Sally

    What a meaningful post Cailee. You are a wise woman. Every year I simplify the holidays more. This year our Christmas tree only has white lights…While at first I felt sad at missing the tradition of decorating it with my boys, I soon realized how much I love just the beauty of the tree and how calm and peaceful it makes me feel. Less truly can be more!
    My other realization came to me this week as my best friend expressed how she is trying to enjoy every moment as she and her husband are exploring AZ, after a trip there to seek additional treatment for Michael’s stage IV pancreatic cancer. I told her “don’t put pressure on yourself to enjoy every moment. That’s a tall order. Instead, just be in the moment.”
    Blessings to you and your family this holiday season.

    December 22, 2016 at 11:03 pm
    • Reply Cailee

      I love this!! So well said Mrs. Guay!! Me and one of my friends where just discussing how we want to be more minimalistic. You’re so right! It’s important to be present and in the moment! And thankful for all that’s currently happening. Merry Christmas!πŸŽ„ ❀️
      Sincerely, Cailee!

      December 23, 2016 at 3:59 pm
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    This is such a great reminder! I hope you have an amaaaaaazing Christmas, beautiful!

    December 24, 2016 at 2:42 am
  • Reply Liv @ Healthy Liv

    You’re so cute, Cailee! Love your tips for relaxing and enjoying the holidays πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas!!

    December 27, 2016 at 8:46 pm
  • Reply Rach

    Aww I like your BREATHE thing. Very cute! And all good suggestions! Merry Christmas, girl!

    December 29, 2016 at 2:35 am
  • Reply lucie

    I love this! Its s true that christmas, although a time for creating memories, is to tied up in frantic present buying and consumerism and its so important to just stop and soak in all the precious memories! I hope you had a beautiful holiday Cailee and all the best for 2017!

    January 1, 2017 at 2:55 pm
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