6. "E" Enjoy the season. I know that sounds redundant, but parents often forget to take a breath and enjoy what's going on around them. Slow down. Pay attention to your surroundings. It's hard to believe that the holidays are good if you do all the work and never experience the fun. Take time to get involved in every activity you plan. Even if it means letting the dishes wait until morning. Be part of the fun.
Jesus is the reason for the season. As we celebrate the season with our goof-proof plan, I hope we will all remember the appearance of the angels. Their advice can also relate to our homes. "Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth [especially in our homes] to those with whom God is pleased'" (Luke 2:13-14).
Debbie Jansen is an author, speaker, and family counselor who lives in Canton, Ohio.