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Six Strategies For A Stress-Free Holiday Season This Year

Wouldn’t it be nice, just once, to have a holiday that is without stress and hassles? While you can’t always plan and prepare for unexpected situations, drama, or guests, there are some things that you can do to make the rest of your holiday a bit more relaxed and stress-free. Try keeping things simple and using a few tips to keep you less frazzled as the holidays approach.

Consider implementing some of the following this season:

Make a plan.

It always makes sense to create a plan; use a calendar or day planner to break down shopping, chores, tasks, and events to complete, little by little, in time for the holidays.

Opt for delivery.

Did you know that you can have everything from fresh-baked bread to liquor delivered to your door for your party or holiday gathering? Talk with local bakeries, grocers, or vendors to have delicious hearth breads brought to your home; guests will think you were up all night baking! Check with local retailers to determine minimum purchase requirements or delivery charges, when applicable. Speak with a company like Klosterman Baking Company for more information.

Order online.

Instead of wasting time fighting traffic and waiting in line, do as much of your holiday shopping online as possible. Go a step further and order special gift handling so that the items are sent, wrapped, directly to the recipient’s door.

Clear the air.

Make this holiday a time for reconciliation; forgive others for any issues, disagreements, or problems in the past. Clearing the air will make it less stressful at family get-togethers and will relieve unhealthy tension from the air.

Cut it down.

Don’t try to make this the holiday to beat all holidays. Cut down on your gift-giving list, downsize the holiday preparations, and keep decorations simple. This will free up time to spend with loved ones during this festive season.

Keep it simple.

The thing that people remember after the holiday season is the time that they spent with their family and friends. Enjoy the season, and remember that you are only human. Accept only those invitations that you want to attend, and try not to over-extend yourself during a time that you might prefer to stay in with those you love.

Postpone parties or festivities.

Another way to take some of the stress off the holidays is to postpone festivities until after Christmas. Plan your party for the week in-between Christmas and New Year’s Eve to take a little of the pressure off, and you may find many of the things that you need for your event at a discounted, post-holiday price!

Take it easy on yourself this year and set the stage for a stress-free holiday. These suggestions are simple to use, and you may find that these tips cut down on the worry and stressors that can accompany the Christmas season. The holidays should be a time to relax, socialize, and enjoy the many wonders of the season.