Finding peace in this busy season of life seems like an impossible feat. The good news is you can create it. You don't have to go on the search for peace this holiday season because we've got you covered.During this time of year, we prescribe you to take a step back and focus on what really matters in life: connection. Connecting with your family, your friends, and yourself. Dunwoody is more than just a shopping destination, it's a special place bound to create lasting memories. Here are five holiday survival tips that will not only make peace during this Christmas season possible but also enjoyable, the way we believe it's supposed to be.

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1. Plan ahead.

For many families, the calendar tends to fill up far past its capacity during this busy time. With the Secret Santa celebrations, school holiday concerts, ballet recitals, and more, it's hard to think of these to-dos as gifts. Do you find yourself aggressively scribbling another obligation on the calendar while feeling a gust of commitment resentment? We know the feeling and we have the fix...a holiday bucket list! Think about what your ideal holiday schedule looks like and make it happen. Doing this will flip the feeling of a burden to a sense of balance. Balance is critical in the family itinerary. This will help to guard your family time and plan ahead with hopefulness.


2. Find the joy in each day.

Happy girl at Light Up Dunwoody

This season is fun, but it also goes by in a flash. Staying on top of your family schedule is one thing, but staying sane during the in-betweens is another. Instead of jumping from one event or party to the next, make it a goal to treat every day as its own celebration. Keeping an advent calendar is a fun way to get the kids involved. Lucky for you, Dunwoody is Your Holiday Haven. We have a plethora of events covering all types of activities for the whole family.

Light it up! This season, Brook Run Park will come to life in over 75,000 lights for this year's Holiday Lights display. This year’s theme will include sets from classic holiday movies: Dr. Seuss' The Grinch, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation and A Christmas Story (pro tip: don't miss the perfectly positioned "selfie stands" at each display to capture the perfect shot). Stroll through the twinkling gardens at the Ravinia complex as you meander through the beautiful lighted displays perfect for a cozy stroll in the crisp air. Escape the hustle and bustle and venture back to a simpler time as you immerse yourself in the classic favorite A Christmas Carol presented by the Stage Door Theatre. Get your holiday shopping done at Perimeter Mall or venture to Dunwoody's local boutiques and the Spruill Gallery's Holiday Artists Market- the perfect settings for unique, one-of-a-kind gifts. 

And, be sure to use our calendar to count the holiday days down and make the merriest of memories this holiday season.

Brook Run Lights


3. Leave room for the unexpected.

"Hun, did you remember to send the Christmas card to Aunt Suzy's new address?" We all know things like this seemingly pop-up out of nowhere. Last-minute "musts" will inevitably happen, so try to eliminate any hard-headed expectations you may have going into the season. Instead of getting flustered or frustrated, try to reprogram your initial reactions beforehand. Expectations create disappointment, and there's no place for that this season.

Family at LUD


4. Presence over presents.

The holiday season is filled with presence. The presence of presents, no doubt, but more importantly, the presence of people. YOUR people. Share the joy of the holidays by turning off the nightly news, putting away your phone and pulling out the family's favorite board game. There's no better way to connect than face-to-face in the comfort of your home. 

But if you MUST give presents, then we recommend experiences. Sign you and your sweetheart up for cooking classes at Vino Venue or bring the whole family to experience Winter Wonderland at Brook Run Park. That way, you can still connect and make magical memories that will long be remembered. Consult our holiday gift guide to get ideas!

Share the spirit.

Make it a priority to get out into the community and share the love. This is something we'll be putting on our bucket list this year, too. There are a multitude of ways to do this in and around Atlanta. Participating in the Salvation Army's Angel Tree Program, Painting With a Purpose to help out the Dunwoody Police Department's Christmas For Kids program, or volunteering with The Packaged Good are all popular options for the kids. On a smaller scale, we invite you to get creative! Make Christmas cards for our troops overseas, make easy-tie blankets to donate to the animal shelter, help an elderly neighbor put up Christmas lights, or pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru. The options are endless and will be well worth it to someone. If you need more ideas, here are some tips for how you can do good in Dunwoody.

The real trick to creating peace during the holidays is to simply slow down. This holiday season, you get to choose what that looks like for you and your family. We hope you'll join us in making it even more memorable by using these tips and tricks. After all, Dunwoody is Your Holiday Haven.

Whether you need a reminder of what the holiday season is all about or are looking for activities the whole family will enjoy, Discover Dunwoody is there for you. Follow @DiscoverDunwoody on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the know on events, deals, and good eats! We want to see how you spend this season with your loved ones. Share your favorite family moment with us using #DiscoverDunwoody on social media.