Podcast Episode 163: A Simpler and More Meaningful Holiday Season

Thanks so much for coming by to check out Episode 163 of The New Family Podcast where we talk about a more meaningful way to celebrate the holidays.

This is a special episode exploring some concrete ideas for simplifying the holiday season. I asked a bunch of different people to tell me what they’ve done to adapt their holidays to be less stressful and more meaningful. We hope you’ll find something here that you can adapt to your own holiday routines.

Sometimes it’s just about giving ourselves permission to take something off our plates, or to make some aspect of the holidays less elaborate. So let’s all promise to keep the calendar a little clearer, the bank account a little fuller and most importantly and ourselves a little happier this time of year.

Here are some resources related to this episode.

Leave us a voice message to add your own simple holiday idea or to give feedback on the show.

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Brandie’s Simple Holiday Idea

“My family is finally really simplifying things on the gift giving side. We’re not giving at all between the adults and instead we’re focusing on the kids. The kids will get things for their parents because we want to show them that it is important for them to be generous to others but none of us grownups are hitting the mall to try to pick out the right sweater or trinket for one another.”

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About Brandie Weikle

Brandie is a long-time parenting editor, writer and spokesperson. Most recently editor-in-chief of Canadian Family magazine, Brandie has also been the parenting and relationships editor for the Toronto Star, founding editor of two Toronto Star websites, and an editor for Today's Parent. Brandie is a single mother of two in Toronto and a frequent television and radio guest on parenting topics. A former digital director at House & Home Media, she also consults on digital audience engagement. Contact her here. View all posts by