Surviving Plus Size Holiday Activities: How to Thrive!

Whether you are ready or not, the holiday season comes every year! Enjoy your plus size holiday activities. This is no time to let your dress or shirt size get in the way of enjoying times with your friends and family.

Plus Size Holiday Activities: Survival Tips

Here are five tips to help you keep your positive body image, your own individual grand style, your holiday spirit — and to thrive throughout the season!

Tip #1: Don’t give up participating in an activity just because of your size.

  • Hire a neighborhood kid (or your nephew!) to hang your holiday house lights or to stand on the ladder and finish off your inside decorating.
  • Make airline travel more comfortable for your rounder tummy and hips by selecting a big plane that is flown by a size-friendly airline. Also be sure to check out the airplane seating charts on seatguru.com, reserve an aisle seat and take your own seat belt extender.
  • Don’t avoid holiday pictures, either formal portraits or informal photos. Remember: Photos capture the memories. You sure don’t want to be without the memories ten years from now just because you thought you have too many chins this year!
  • Go to all the parties and gatherings. For informal get-togethers, JCPenney and Catherines are great sources for reasonably-priced, holiday separates. Need a party outfit? You don’t have to spend a mint. “Holiday-up” your black slacks or suit with a red satin blouse or a crisp white blouse with some great braid or velvet ribbon from the sewing counter tied around your waist.
  • For a little more formality, consider adding a gold or silver scarf or pin to a red or black dress. Check out Ulla Popken or Kiyonna for dresses that look great now and for your after-holiday needs. Add a pair of velvet or metallic flats from Wal-mart or Target for less than $15.

Tip #2: Don’t be afraid to create memories that incorporate your personal sense of style.

  • Put a little confetti in your holiday cards.
  • Bake dog and cat treats for gifts for your neighbors (holiday magazines have the recipes).
  • Give indulgence balls as hostess or office gifts. Just fill craft store mesh ornaments with a scented tea candle, a few Hershey kisses, a bubble bath capsule, a tiny sachet pillow, a pair of dice, a few stickers or a gift certificate for ice cream or a cup of coffee or a hamburger.

Tip #3: It’s hard to show your style when you are stressed out.

  • Avoid the malls. Go once to see the decorations and to get into the spirit. Then, come home slip off your shoes and shop online. For extra time and postage savings: Have your selections gift wrapped and shipped directly to your family and friends.
  • Set practical objectives for family gatherings. You can’t solve 20 years of family problems in one afternoon. When your sister harasses you about your weight, tell her “Thanks” and change the subject.
  • Don’t wait until January to get your stressed body moving. Start walking today. Put your favorite tunes on the iPod and walk … don’t stroll … around the block, around the mall or in place in front of your TV – but walk.

Tip #4: Give. It’s the best medicine for the hurting heart or the sad soul.

  • Drop off a card or a little surprise at an elderly neighbor’s door.
  • Offer to baby sit while a young mother or couple finish their holiday preparations.
  • Buy a new toy or drop off a warm coat for the women’s shelter.

Tip #5: Use the after holiday sales to your best advantage.

  • Use common sense. Remember: If it didn’t look good on you when it was full price, it’s not going to look any better when it’s half price.
  • Buying on sale lets you purchase clothes that may be a little better made than you usually buy; but, for a lot less money the regular price.
  • Treat your grand style to an item or a color that you truly love but that that you would usually not purchase at full price. Let your style shine through the holidays.

Happy Holidays!