If you’ve spent a fortune you didn’t have or spent your Christmas Eve in crowded shopping malls looking for that perfect gift for your friends….raise your hand! Stress is real at Christmas time. So much to do and so little time.
I love the Christmas season as much as anyone, but I don’t love the STRESS all the holiday to-dos add to my already overloaded schedule. Between home, work, and church, I’ve got plenty on my list. BUT a few years ago, I dispensed with all the Christmas madness and revolutionized the way I do Christmas and every other holiday for that matter.
My number one rule: Put people first. Simple idea, right? It’s in line with my rule to choose people over things.
Let’s break it down so you really understand how this one thing simplified Christmas and saved my sanity. Here are a few items on my typical stress-filled to-do list, in no particular order.
- Plan the centerpiece/table décor for Christmas day
- Decorate the tree
- Wrap Christmas presents
- Clean the house
On the surface, there’s nothing wrong with my list AND I typically still do what’s on it, BUT as I think through the details, I focus on my family and what they need. This makes a world of a difference for destressing Christmas.
Instead of thinking about my home, my Christmas meal, my shopping list, my gift-giving list, I started focusing on what matters most to the people in my life.
Here’s how I apply this stress-less principle:
Plan the centerpiece/table décor
I have a Pinterest Board filled with drool-worthy Christmas tablescapes (Are you following me on Pinterest?). My son (the only child) is not interested in all the little details like place cards and napkin folds. So I choose not to drive myself crazy with a meticulous décor scheme? Strive to make it pretty to satisfy your creativity, but don’t stress over details no one truly cares about. Now, instead of coming up with an elaborate décor plan, I take it easy.
This post is an excerpt from my guest post How to have a Stress Free Little Christmas over at Just a Simple Home Blog Party. You can read the remainder of the post here.
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