The festive season is upon us, and while it might seem easier to leave all of your planning until December, the reality is that it’s not.
We know by now that there’s nothing worse than rushing about on December 23rd trying to figure out table settings and gifts. In my opinion, the stress of all that rushing around and last minute organisation can ruin the spirit of Christmas.
Over the past few years, I’ve really tried to get organised for Christmas early – the gifts are wrapped by December 1st, the tree is up well before my birthday, and the festive playlist has been playing non-stop since midnight on Halloween.
Which means, come December 1st, I have literally zero worries in regards to Christmas. I know what I’m gifting to the people that I love, I know what we’re eating on Christmas Day, and I know where I have to be and when in relation to visiting family and celebrating with friends.
Here are some of my top tips on having a stress-free Christmas:
Get organised early!
This step obviously encompasses many, many things, but really – just knowing everything you need to buy, do and make before December is key. That means gathering addresses for Christmas cards and finalising your Christmas gift lists for the people you love NOW. Don’t leave buying your gifts and decorations for the middle of December, because things are guaranteed to be sold out.
If you’re a super visual person like me, you might benefit from grabbing the kikki.K Christmas Organiser Book. It’s organised by month and has everything you need to organise yourself for Christmas 2018, including checklists for Christmas cards, food preparation and gift ideas.
Don’t feel the need to conform to tradition
Going to see Christmas fireworks, visiting the Christmas markets and attending the annual family dinner – all of these traditions are wonderful and a lot of fun, however they can also bring about a lot of stress.
Sitting on the damp ground amongst drunk teenagers waiting for the fireworks to start sounds like actual hell to me. As does visiting the Christmas markets! Is there really anything worse than trying to push your way through throngs of sweaty, frantic shoppers?! Pick your battles when it comes to the Christmas festivities, and don’t feel bad for skipping the ‘usual’ traditions in favour of an evening of mental clarity and peace, and maybe a Home Alone marathon in your pjs.
Take time for you
It’s easy to feel like we have to be everywhere at all times during the festive season, whether that’s spending the day with family or shopping for friends and younger family members – let’s not forget about your work Christmas party and the occasional family reunion. All of that socialising is too much for the normal person, but especially for introverts.
Make sure to take some time for yourself during the festivities and you’ll feel less burnt out come the 26th. Swap out some late night partying for movie nights in and low-key dinners with just your closest pals and you’ll be able to make it to the new year without having a mental breakdown.
Do you have any more tips to share on how to have a stress-free Christmas? Make sure to share them in the comments below!