“Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
The holiday season is time for family to come together, friends to exchange gifts, people to fall in love and children to believe. Although, for many parents and young adults, this time of year is super stressful.
You probably have TONS of gift shopping to do, have to still organize plans with family, tons of parties to go to and not enough time in the month. Even for teenagers, the holidays are stressful. We have parties to go to, people to shop for, struggling to get gifts due to lack of money, and not to sound like a drama queen but…we have to find the perfect outfits for every single event.
If you’re like me and have to have everything perfect for Christmas and New Years, then you know how unbelievably stressful this time of year is. You want to destress this month though, make sure that everything is already done and then you can enjoy all the festivities before the big day comes. That’s when planning and a big To-do List comes in handy.
In order to organize for Christmas, I plan everything ahead and set a strict due date by which everything must be finished by. (usually the 15th of December for me) Here’s a list of things that you guys can add to your To-do list and have done by a specific date!
• Making Christmas Cards
A few years ago, I purchased a box of about 1000 different Christmas cards that came with envelopes as well. They have little traditional sayings in them like ‘Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas’ and I’ve used these for years now, making all my cards for teachers, family members and friends on one day and having them prepared for everybody’s presents!
• List of Presents
Every single year in November, I ask all my friends and family members what they want for Christmas or I already know what i’m getting them, and I list everybody’s names on paper and put the present and cost next to each name. This way, I know where and how much I need to spend during December to stay extra organized!
• DIY Christmas Gifts
Sometimes you struggle with knowing what to give somebody, and obviously you want to give them something they’d like and hold special to their heart. That’s when ‘Do It Yourself’ gifts come in handy. Thanks to the internet and Pinterest these days, you can find TONS of DIY’s to make and give away!
• Two Birds, One Stone
So DIY gifts are wonderful, especially if you can kill two birds with one stone and only make 1 huge DIY. An example of this is DIY bath salts. One year, I bought a huge bag of epsom salts at my local Shoppers Drug Mart, and I made my own DIY bath salts. I placed them into small containers and gave at least 6 people spa baskets and included my little DIY in all of them. PERFECT for kids and women!
• One Thing Everyday
In order to not fall behind on things, I make sure to do at least 1 holiday thing every single day. Whether it’s somewhere to go, crossing an item off a list, making a present or DIY, decorating, planning in my planner. I make sure to ALWAYS do 1 thing every day minimum.
Thank you for reading lovelies! I hope this helps any overwhelmed people out there to stay on top of things! The key to destressing, is time management and planning!