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You can make your Christmas 2021 more awesome by doing a recap of Christmas 2020. An investment of 10-20 minutes of your time NOW, while the details are fresh in your mind, can help you have a merrier season in the future.
Try these 5 easy steps to review the holidays and help your future self take on Christmas 2021 with aplomb:
1. Relax-Find a quiet space where you won’t be bothered. Cozy up with a warm cup of tea or your favorite glass of wine and put your cellphone on Do Not Disturb.
2. Review-Think about the holiday season and everything in it, from meals to decorations to gifts---and everything in between. Scroll through the pictures on your phone to prompt you if needed.
3. Reflect-What went well, what didn’t go as you expected. Did you continue a favorite tradition? Start a new one?
4. Record-Capture as much, or as little, as you see fit. If you’re not sure, ask if knowing this information next time would be of benefit to you. Type it into your phone, write it in a journal. Be very specific on details that will help your future self. (I for one will be writing down the exact number of cards to order for Christmas 2021.
5. Remember-Put the recap in a secure place. Schedule an appointment for yourself on Dec 1st, 2021, “Review important info for Christmas 2021” and indicate the location of where you stored the info—whether that’s on pg. 92 of your journal, in a file named “XmasAnswerKey2021" or somewhere else.
Below, you'll find a series of prompts that can help with your review. The first section has some questions for you to consider about the holiday overall, while the second section provides more information in these categories:
Now, let's get started!
There's no wrong way to review the Christmas we just enjoyed, but these questions can help you to identify some of the most useful information for you to use in the future:
Over the years, I've found that the more details I capture, the more actionable the information is. Here are some categories and prompts that you may find useful:
Christmas Food and Drinks Bought/Tasted/Made
Gifts Given and Received for Christmas
Social Connections (yes, even with COVID!)
Christmas Decorating Inside and Out
Another way to do this exercise is to think about the various events of the season. Go through each of the following and see if there's anything noteworthy:
My Personal Christmas Review 2020
Celebrating Christmas during a pandemic meant that some of my favorite things, like hosting my annual Girlfriends Wrapping Party and the Martin's Christmas party, didn't happen. I missed them!
Despite far fewer social connections, here are a few things from Christmas 2020 that I want to remember on December 1, 2021:
Spending some time to think about the holiday we just enjoyed can help you to have an even more joyous, less stressful Christmas next year.
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