It seems like the moment Black Friday is upon us, the Christmas rush begins.
Christmas doesn’t have to be a hectic, stressful holiday. If it’s been that way each year, then let this year be the year to make a few changes.
Here are a few easy ways to say no to all the running around and help make the holidays a little less stressful and more enjoyable.
1. Focus on what’s important to you
It’s wonderful to strive to create the perfect holiday for your family. Getting the decorations just right, or braving the crowds for one more outdoor decoration.
As a result, we take on too many responsibilities and then feel overwhelmed (and stressed and sometimes short-tempered) at all we have to accomplish within a given time limit.
Spend your time and energy on what matters to you and your family and let go of the things that don’t. If your family doesn’t care if you make every party you’re invited to, then don’t go.
2. Delegate, delegate, delegate
You can’t clean an entire home alone for the arrival of company if you’re trying to get all of the cooking and baking done, too.
Enlist family members to help and if they can’t, splurge on a maid service to do the holiday cleaning for you. Make it a gift you give yourself to help you maintain a stress-free Christmas.
3. Get organized
You need a master checklist. Knowing what you need to get done will help keep your focus.
Keep all of your Christmas supplies organized and together – the tape, scissors, nametags, and gift-wrap. You’ll save time if you don’t have to constantly search for what you need.
Eliminate any last minute running around for forgotten items at the store by making a list.
4. Have a spending limit
Throughout the year, finances can be a major cause of stress but that stress can grow during the holidays due to overspending.
Most people don’t intend to overspend at Christmas, but it’s so easy to get swept up in the joy of the season and lose track of how much we spend.
Instead, set a spending limit this Christmas. Better yet, do your best not to use your credit card. That way, you won’t get the dreaded holiday spending hangover after the holidays is over!
5. Set a time schedule
Just as importantly as sticking to a budget is sticking to a time limit.
Know ahead of time who you’ll visit, on what day and what time you should leave. Making a list takes some of the spontaneity out of it, but it also helps you enjoy a stress-free Christmas too!
It’s no fun rushing around during the holidays. By focusing on what’s important to you and your family, and letting go of trying to have everything perfect, you can enjoy all that the holidays have to offer.