Make Christmas a little less stressful this year!
There are plenty of ways to lift at least some of your burden for this year. Christmas is one of the hardest holidays, everyone is rushing to have everything perfect. The relatives are coming and you want to make sure your home is just right for your loved ones. For some, the relatives may even be staying a few days to enjoy the season with you. The tree is put up, decorations are hung, feasts are prepared.
First, let's start before that time even hits. That's right, a head start in stress relief! Start off your holiday by creating a few lists in preparation. Some of the things you may want to make lists for are things such as;
- What gifts you're going to get and for who.
- What your budget is for the presents, food, etc.
- What supplies you need for present wrapping.
- What you need to prepare your meal of choice.
- What sweets (if any) you would like to have set out.
- Who will sleep where and what all they need.
With your lists in place, you can begin check marking your boxes as you go along. Having everything right there in front of you will make things feel so much less chaotic once it comes to shopping time.
Once you have all of the necessities down, move onto the smaller but still important things. If you enjoy holiday photos, figure out where in your home or outside of your home will have the best lighting and the appropriate space for the amount of people who will be involved in this photo. If you want photos with the tree, also take into consideration where you choose to set it up.
Next, move onto decluttering the main room. Make sure the spot you want your tree is completely available to avoid the stress of rushing to move things around in order to set up your decorations. You may want to vacuum and dust around the area as well. You may also want to make sure that there are plenty of sitting spaces for visiting relatives. Everyone wants a good view of the little ones faces of pure joy as they open their gifts. This way you also aren't panicking in a rush to find more sitting spots on the day of.
The kitchen is also a room you will not want to miss preparing early on. You'll need to make sure there is plenty of space at the table for anyone who will be attending your dinner. Move onto the dishes, have any bowls, pans, pots, etc, you need for cooking clean and ready for use. It can be very stressful searching last minute for that bowl you use once a year for your famous pudding. Check if you have all of the necessities; napkins, condiments, enough plates, enough glasses, beverages, etc. Once you have all of this ready, the day of cooking and feasting will be a breeze!
Moving back onto a slightly touched subject up above, gifts. There are plenty ways to assure you get the best out of your experience. Try to have your ideas all listed out ahead of time. It'll be best to organize by immediate to least immediate family and friends. Do a little searching online to find the best prices for the presents you want to buy, as well as checking to make sure the stores have what you need in stock before wasting a trip in the chaotic mess of Christmas.
Stop and take a breath if need be. Do not over exert yourself and bring more stress than necessary to your experience. Don't let yourself forget that Christmas is about you, too. There is no shame in asking for a helping hand. Perhaps a few relatives can help with meal preparation or with decorating. Not all of the stress is yours to hold.
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