Christmas and anxiety often go hand in hand. Between the gift buying, house and tree decorating, and cooking for friends and family, it’s no wonder that you have a hard time fitting it all in. So why not make it easy on yourself this upcoming Christmas? We’ve compiled some tips and tricks to make your holiday cheer stay bright while tackling that growing to-do list.
Lighten your load this year with a more condensed gift and card list.
Make a point to save your gift buying for those you have meaningful relationships with. Maybe this time around, you’ll give cards to all your coworkers instead of personal gifts, or perhaps you’ll even institute a no-gift policy among your circle of friends. Don’t be afraid to find ways to show your gratitude for the people in your life by sharing your time and energy with them, rather than simply giving them a store-bought gift.
Avoid the mall, traffic and long lines.
Get decorations and gifts online for faster and more convenient shopping at your fingertips. Not only can you price shop to find the best deals on all your Christmas must haves, but you can do this all from the comfort of your own home. While you’re at it, you can also send gifts directly to the receiver and cut some time from dealing with your local post office.
Plan out your shopping route.
From food to decorations to gifts, see if you can go in an orderly fashion, or better yet, find a single store that meets several of your needs. Don’t impulse buy; make lists and stick to them. Shopping for your holiday items will be loads easier if you take a minute to plan it our ahead of time.
Think about purchasing an artificial Christmas tree as a convenient multi-year option.
With easy assembly and with some models having pre-installed lights already in place, artificial trees can be set up well in advance and left up for longer periods of time. More fire safe and cleaner to have in the home, artificial trees come in a variety of styles and sizes to suit all your needs.
Don’t worry about having a “perfect” Christmas.
Most importantly, try not to fall into the pressure of making sure everything is perfect and pristine this holiday season. After all, Christmas isn’t about who got the most dolls or the shiniest toy truck, it’s about the people you choose to spend it with. Enjoy yourself, and have a merry “guilt-free” Christmas!