The holiday season is upon us and while it’s the most wonderful time of the year it can be just as stressful. To keep the jolly spirit I’ve rounded up 10 tips for you to be as stress-free as possible this Christmas.
Being in charge of all the things all the time is mentally draining. For the sake of a healthy mental and emotional state, it’s important to prepare ourselves as much as possible for the holiday season.
As moms we already have our daily load to attend to and now our to-do list multiples with holiday duties galore. Buying presents, baking cookies, wrapping presents, cooking, elf on the shelf, school events, and more!
While bringing joy to others we must bring joy to ourselves too. We deserve to indulge and be present in all the festive activities, especially since we work so hard to plan them.
Here are 10 Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas.
1. Plan ahead
Create a to-do list! This is the most important step in helping you have a smooth holiday season. Clear your mind, sit down in a comfortable spot, and start thinking of all you need to get done for Christmas. Write down a rough draft or type it out in your notes on your phone.
Things you need to consider:
- Gift list – recipients & gift ideas.
- Important dates – school events, family dinners, Christmas pics, company party, etc.
- Menus and grocery lists.
- Holiday items needed for your family – Xmas PJs, new stockings, home decor, gift wrap and tags, etc.
Modify the list you created and prioritize the items in the time order you would like to get them done. You can also erase/delete items you feel are redundant!
3. Stay organized
Once you have prioritized your list make sure to refer back to it and check off items as you complete them. To go one step further pencil in the dates you want to complete them by.
I have created a Must-Have planner printable to keep you organized for Christmas!!
This 11-page planner includes a monthly calendar, 4 weekly planners, a Christmas gift list, a budget plan, an expense tracker, a dinner menu, and a grocery list!
Review your finances and set a realistic budget for holiday spending. Some people save a little each month throughout the year, while others use their holiday bonus, either way, make sure you stay within your own personal limits.
Christmas is a time for family to get together and gifts are an added bonus. Pick something thoughtful. Or think about participating in secret Santa like my family will do this year among the adults.
5. Follow the 4 rule
Last year around this time a follower on my IG account MomChat, commented under a holiday post informing me of the 4 rules for Christmas gifts. It is something I was unaware of but it’s so good I must share it with you!
- Something they WANT
- Something they NEED
- Something to WEAR
- Something to READ
This is a great guideline to follow when thinking of what to purchase for your children!
6. Wrap as you buy
Wrapping all the presents on Christmas eve may be a tradition for some, but that can be extremely time-consuming. As you purchase gifts be sure to wrap or bag them the same night! Don’t forget to write out and attach gift tags!
7. Realistic expectations
In the midst of all the holiday hype remember that life, especially with kids, doesn’t always go as planned. There will be a mess while baking cookies, you will be rushing out the door and may forget something, but just take a deep breath. It will be ok!
8. Set boundaries
Family gatherings are a big part of the holidays, but if the thought of it brings you more stress than joy you may need to reconsider your plans! Some relationships are strained so you may opt to spend Christmas with just your immediate family or the family and friends you enjoy being around! If you must run into someone you’d rather not see – keep it cordial, keep your distance, and leave the party if you need to!
9. Ask for help
There are so many things to get done! Don’t shy away from asking for help from your support system. Have your partner or grandparents watch the kids when needed and run some errands. Have your partner help with wrapping and meal prep. I know we love to get things done our way but to maximize our joy during this season we definitely need the help!
10. Have fun!
Last but not least – HAVE FUN! Enjoy the laughs, baking with the kids, family holiday movie nights, sipping on hot cocoa, and making memories that will last a lifetime!
Time to enjoy Christmas!
The stress of the holiday season is inevitable, but I hope these 10 tips for a stress-free Christmas can you help you enjoy it as much as possible.
Remember to be as present with your family and prioritize your to-do list to maximize the joy you deserve this Christmas season!