Tips For A Stress-Free Holiday
The holiday season is a joyful time, but celebration comes at you from all angles. The office holiday party, family visiting from out of town, and far-away friends are all competing for your time. Pleasing everyone is challenging, but keeping your wits about you from the day after Halloween to moment the clock strikes midnight on January 1st isn't impossible. Here are 4 tips for a stress-free holiday season.
This doesn't mean you have to put up Christmas lights and holiday wreaths on the door in October, but you can start shopping for gifts and new holiday decor before Halloween. If you start chipping away at your to-do list early, by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, you'll have all the kids toys and the only thing you'll have to worry about is wrapping presents and making your holiday meals perfect.
Calendars & Checklists
Make a list of everything you need to do and establish deadlines for each task to be completed. Put the deadlines on your calendar. Spreading the workload over time as opposed to saving it for the last minute eases the burden of having everything to do at once. This helps you to resist the urge to multitask, which can actually slow you down and make finishing tasks inefficient.
You don't have to take on the burden all by yourself. The holidays are a time for family so include them in the planning and execution of all your tasks. Have your kids help you with things like making cookie dough to freeze for parties and dinners or ironing holiday linens and setting up the guest rooms to make sure all the home decor is in order. Have your spouse unpack Christmas ornaments, tackle half of the gift shopping list, and put up outdoor decorations. Make preparing for the season a fun, family bonding experience and it will seem less like work and more like a family project.
Be ready for drop-ins from neighbors, old friends and new acquaintances with ready-to-go gifts. Make them small with a universal appeal so you cover unexpected guests or people you may have missed on your gift list. The gifts can be things like homemade jam, nuts and chocolate or tea. It's the season of gratitude; even if someone didn't make your list, having something on hand to show your gratitude will make you and the recipient feel good.
It's hard to escape the holidays without feeling a little hectic, but with a bit of planning, they may not be as stressful as you expect them to be.
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