As magical as December and all the festivities are, I’m always on the search for something that will make my Holidays less stressful and more seasonal.
It can be hard to get into the Holiday spirit while searching for that elusive perfect gift, planning spectacular holiday meals, entertaining out of town guests and baking 13 dozen cookies for the neighborhood cookie exchange.
Don’t forget about getting Christmas cards ordered, addressed and actually making it to the post office to mail them.
And this is all before you make the Pinterest-worthy trip to the Christmas tree farm to pick out the perfect spruce to decorate with beautiful coordinating baubles.
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If all the things on your to-do list are making you feel more Grinchy than festive, it’s time to start planning your holiday season now.
Here’s some tips to make the holidays less stressful and more joyous:
- Plan out a holiday schedule now. Doing a little task every week will make the holidays seem much more manageable.
- Use an app or spreadsheet to keep track of your budget and gift ideas. I use Santa’s Bag which is a free app on Ios.
- Delegate. All too often we take on far too much in an effort to make the perfect Christmas. Create new traditions by dividing tasks up and get the kids involved in baking and decorating.
- Cook ahead and freeze. Cookies and cookie dough, casseroles and sides can all be made ahead of time and frozen. It’s also a good idea to stock the freezer up with some easy meals for busy nights when there is no time to cook.
- Pare down the decorating. Only put up the items you really love and keep the tree simple but elegant. This will save so much time and stress when it comes time to take the decorations down in January.
- Trim the gift list and cut down on junk. Consider buying for children only or doing a secret Santa to avoid the stress of buying for many people. I’ve cut my list from 35 to 15 this year and I feel so relieved.
- Shop online in bulk or give tickets as gifts to save the hassle of the mall. For more Holiday shopping ideas check out this post – 12 Easy Ways to Save on Holiday Shopping
- Focus on the “Reason for the Season”. Prioritize family time and making memories. No one really cares if things aren’t perfect.
- Consider getting a Holiday Planner to do the legwork for you. This is my first year of using one and I already love it. The Ultimate Holiday Planner from The Pragmatic Parent is the one I have.
The planner has everything you need for an awesome Christmas including:
- Weekly To Do Lists
- Gift Idea Pages To Jot Down Wish List Items for Each Person on Santa’s List
- 5 Budget Trackers To Fit all Your Unique Gift Gifting Needs
- 9 Unique Styles of Blank Gift Certificates & Gift Tags
- Gorgeous Advent Calendar & December Planner
- 250+ Stocking Stuffer Ideas (Baby – Adults)
- 25 Pages of Activities including Elf on the Shelf ideas and puzzles.
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