December is almost upon us and soon we’ll be in full festive flow! I don’t know about you, but Christmas seems to start earlier and earlier (and now I sound like an old person!) and I find that by the time the big day actually arrives, I’m just about over it. All the lights, decorations, Elf on the Shelf, present-buying, preparations, wrapping, parties, mince pies takes its toll, and as soon as Boxing Day is over I breathe a sigh of relief.
However, this year, I’m determined not to let the festivities wear me down.
I’ve come up with 5 ways to take the pressure off during December so that we can all get the most out of the holiday.
- Delegate. Now, I’m a control freak. Or it’s probably just the fact that I’m the only one who will do anything, so I have to be! Whatever, I’ve decided that this year, other people need to take on some of the load. Try asking your other half to buy some of the presents (but, give them a list, obvs – we don’t want it going all wrong!). Older children can be in charge of writing Christmas cards and wrapping. Yes, it may not be perfect, but getting them all involved is good for them and it’s good for you not to have to do it all!
- Try not to worry if you can’t afford/get the entire wish list. Of course, we want to give our kids everything, but, do they really need it? Younger kids tend to go for quantity, so stick to one larger, more expensive gift, and then stock up on stuff from The Works or similar that doesn’t cost much but looks like a lot!
- Social fatigue. even I go out at Christmas (well, maybe, anxiety allowing), but some of you lucky people have several different parties and nights out to attend. However, if you really can’t face all the late nights/hangovers/financial cost, choose one or two and tell anyone else that you’ll get together in the New Year instead (and actually do it!). Don’t feel guilty if you don’t go to all the parties.
- Food: don’t go mad! It’s just one or two days! We still only need three meals a day – if that! It’s so easy to buy all the food, especially when the supermarkets tempt us with their delicious festive fayre, but the truth is, whilst it’s a nice luxury, do you really need pork and stuffing bacon cups and a three-bird roast? As long as there are mince pies and chocolates (and don’t forget the pigs in blankets!), I reckon everyone will be happy.
- Presents for others. The cost of Christmas can be a real financial burden and it’s easy to feel under pressure to spend lots on others. However, if you really can’t afford it, work out a mutual plan with your intended recipient. For example, my cousins and I have decided our kids have plenty of stuff from everyone else, so won’t miss a present at Christmas, but we spend a little more on their birthday presents instead, which is more special. I know we want to give lovely gifts to our loved ones, but will your family really mind if you only buy for the children and not the adults?
I hope these ideas help with avoiding the Christmas overwhelm before the big day even arrives. I know that this year I’m going to try to stress less and enjoy more; there’s nothing more special than seeing my kids’ faces light up on Christmas morning when they see that ‘he’s been’!
Help your kids understand about the giving as well as the receiving with this lovely Reverse Advent Calendar idea!
This week it’s my turn to host The Monday Motivation Linky. I would love you to join in; if you’re a blogger, you can add a link to your post here. Or anyone can add an instagram post, which is super easy!
My two favourite posts from last weeks linky are from Mighty Mama Bear on being more reflective with age, and this one from Liberty on the Lighter Side about things that make her grateful. Thank you for linking up!
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