As we enter this holiday season, I find myself oddly calm. I went shopping this weekend and witnessed the typical Black Friday rat race. So many people seem to be stressed, in a hurry, and not enjoying the season. I don’t know about you, but I prefer to enjoy this time of the year. Think about what’s important to you – for me it’s spending time making memories with my son – and focus on that. To help, here are my 5 tips to help relieve some of your holiday stress:
- Wrap as you go. If you’ve ever waited until Christmas Eve to wrap everything, then this tip is for you. If you wrap things as you pick them up, an entire weekend of excruciating gift wrapping will be one less thing on your to-do list. You also won’t chance misplacing gifts. I’m definitely guilty of not being able to remember where I put gifts – especially small things! Stuff stockings as you go as well (this will prevent you from overbuying!).
- One stop shopping. With little ones, it can be difficult to make purchases at multiple stores. While making your shopping list, ask yourself Is it worth it to me to save the $5 to buy this at another store? Chances are, the stress of having to go to multiple stores is not worth the deal. Also, you are most likely going to make more impulse purchases at each store you visit during the holiday season, so in the end you’re not saving money.
- Accept the help. Never say no when someone offers to help during the holidays. Even supermom can use the help sometimes. Whether it’s your mom offering to watch the kids while you shop, or your husband wanting to assist in present wrapping: Just. Say. Yes.
- Buy what you can afford. We can get caught up in the monetary value of gifts. Buy thoughtful gifts, at price points that fit your family’s budget. If the recipients are under impressed with your gift-giving efforts, they’re probably not worthy of your time and money anyways.
- Have low expectations. Don’t expect everything to go perfectly. We know nothing is ever picture perfect, and it’s the little bumps in the road that create memories. If your kid refuses to wear that new Christmas sweater you bought them, it’s not the end of the world. Don’t stress the small stuff, mama.