How about both?! I love Christmas. I love the festive music, decorations, excitement leading up to Christmas eve and day, and the chaos of family and kids running around the house. If you are like me and work from home then you understand this time of year can also become extremely hectic and if not careful rattle some negative nerves in all of us. So here are a few ways to ease the stress of it and focus on the important stuff that matters the most.
- Get organized. This might mean one to do list to knock out for some OR a master list with 20 additional color coded lists from Thanksgiving to New Years. Whatever works right?
- Set a budget for everything from cooking for family, gifts, stockings, and decorations.
- Get the essentials started early. We have a TON of birthdays in November and Christmas. Shop those birthdays online or early like in August or September and start thinking stocking stuffers. Every time you hit the store grab an item or two for stockings.
- Make a list of everyone you need to buy for and spread everyone out by week or even month if you start early enough. Don’t wait until the last-minute or you might go crazy. I know it is not easy, but try to wrap as many gifts as you can as you purchase them.
- Delegate. Ask and accept help any way you can. Cooking, cleaning, shopping, decorating. We are only human; don’t try to be a hero; it’s o.k. to ask, demand (o.k. a little harsh I know), and accept that help.
Are you seeing a theme hear revolving around lists and organizing your days? 🙂
Enjoy yourself. The days are long the years are short; a reminder as the year comes to an end. Remember what is important. This may be different for every family, so whatever the season brings you relish and enjoy every second of it. Moments come and go, but memories from those moments in time last a lifetime.