Every year I still need to remind myself to keep the holidays simple. It has become easier over the years since I became a Bahai, but my family loves to celebrate, and it truly is easy to get caught up in the season. I found this guide to simplify the holidays that is very helpful:
My goal this year? It is encapsulated in one phrase in the site above that jumped out at me: Focus on the outside less and inside more. That will cover all aspects, from too many parties to over-buying, over-eating, and splurging.
What is really important? The meaning of the season and what is going on inside - my intent.