Last week I talked a lot about being thankful and without a doubt that is what this week should be all about. There’s lots of family – including the crazy ones, then there’s being up until the early morning cooking all the food that you’ll be too tired to enjoy, and don’t you forget all of the Black Friday sales pressuring you to head to the stores at 2am in hopes of fist fighting some stranger for a TV that will inevitably be on sale again in 2 weeks. Who wouldn’t be thankful for that?
These next few weeks are filled with joy – and lots of stress. In fact, more people spend this time stressing about the holidays rather than actually enjoying it. I am extremely guilty of this and while every year I swear I will focus more on the celebration and less on the stress, I always fall short. Even this past weekend – I can’t even count how many times the idea of Christmas shopping and my to-do list popped into my head. Rather than being excited to put up a Christmas tree in our new home, I am anxious about finding the time to go get the tree and find decorations for the house.
What ever happened to the days of a joyous holiday season where you actually looked forward to spending time with loved ones and shopping for the perfect gift? How did we end up in this stressed induced holiday coma?
I know a stress-free holiday may not be a realistic task to put in front of me, but there are definitely ways to reduce the levels of stress I bring onto myself this year. In my quest to adapt this state of mind, I went on a hunt for some helpful tips to make the holidays a little easier. Here are some of my favorites:
Shopping :: Create a specific list of gifts for those on your shopping list and if you can’t think of what to get them – ask them! Have friends/family write down 2-3 things they would like to help guide you.
Décor :: Keep it simple and use tools such as Pinterest and DIY blogs to help you navigate quick tricks for decorating. Example: wrap some festive garland and lights around an existing wreath – poof! Christmas Wreath!
Cooking/Baking :: Offer to host a potluck meal so that you are not stuck cooking 10 dishes for 15 people. It gives you a break from the kitchen and you get to enjoy the treats that others bring.
Check out more ideas here and let me know what your favorite stress-free tips are for this holiday season!Pin It