Most of us love the holidays, but like them or not, they usually bring some stress. It is a very magical time of year and even though it can get pretty crazy during the holidays, you never want to turn into a Scrooge. These tips will help you eliminate that unneeded stress so that you can sit back, relax and enjoy the most wonderful time of year, all with a smile.
The first thing you need to do is make a list, for anything and everything. Santa uses a list every year and it is a good habit to get into. You can have as many different types of lists as you want, but always make sure to have a gift list and Christmas card list so that you don’t forget anyone special this holiday season. It is also helpful to use a list to keep things organized especially with things that you need for wrapping presents, decorating the house and baking goodies.
Next, start early and be prepared with your holiday cards. Don’t be afraid to start too early with your cards. You don’t need to send your cards early, just make sure you have everything you need and start on them early. Always have a list of everyone you are sending cards to with the right items like cards, decorations (stickers, gems, decorative tape), stamps and of course, the correct addresses.
If you are organized, you are going to have a smoother holiday season and that means less stress. It is helpful to have a special box that is just for all of your gift-wrapping needs. Try to keep at least one pair of scissors in there with some tape, gift tags, tissue paper and bows. If you can get a large enough box, you can store your wrapping paper and gift bags in there too. It is nice to have all of these things together when you are wrapping presents. Plus it makes things easier for next Christmas!
The post office is always busy and especially around the holidays. To avoid having to make multiple trips to the post office, collect everything you need to send and send it all at once. That way, you only have to deal with the busy post office once this season.
Remember, the bet thing you can do during the holidays is to keep an open mind and keep up that Christmas cheer, no matter how crazy things may get.