You may be surprised to find that there is one final step in our Christmas planning. It is, by far, the most important because it will determine the success or failure of next year's holidays. It's time to debrief. Organized Christmas offers a printable debriefing worksheet that you can get here. But there is no need for an official form. Grab a piece of paper from your holiday planner, find a quiet place (this will only take a couple of minutes), and answer the following questions:
- What did you enjoy the most about this holiday season?
- What worked for you and helped to make the season less stressful and more meaningful?
- Did you do anything differently that you would like to incorporate into your holiday traditions? (new recipes, opportunities to give, fun activities...or the lack thereof?)
- What was the worst aspect of the holidays? How can you avoid that in the future?
- How well did your household function this year? Was it calm and organized or crazy and out of control? What areas need improvement next year?
- Were you satisfied with your family's level of giving and/or spiritual observances? How could next year's holidays more closely reflect your family's values?
- Overall, how did your holidays go? Be honest! Did you experience the "magic" and wonder of the season? If not, what changes can you make to recapture it next year?
May God richly bless you in 2012. See you soon!