Reduce Christmas Stress

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Stockings Stuffers

If you are a stocking stuffer person here are a few things that I find useful when shopping early:

For each family member start a bag or a box with his or her name on it. This way you will be able to tell and see at any time before Christmas what you have purchased for their stocking. This will make it easier when it comes time to wrap all these little goodies as each persons stocking stuffers will be all in one bag. Find a good hiding place so that all the little snoopers cannot find what you have bought.

Places to shop for good deals on stocking stuffers:.

  • Dollar stores have useful and fun things that will not cost you a fortune to stuff a stocking with.
  • Liquidation stores carry many great items for a lower price tag. You may have to make several trips at different times as these stores change their inventory on a daily basis.
  • At Craft shows, fairs and church bazaars many times you can find very unique items for Christmas gifting.

Start by Getting Organized

Organizing for Christmas now can make life less stressful at one of the busiest times of the year.

  • Make a list of all the people that you plan on purchasing gifts for. Jot down a few ideas that you have in mind for these people.
  • If you are drawing names this year and have not done so yet, this may be a good time to discuss a gift limit and draw the names.
  • This year don’t be left wandering around the crowded malls wondering what to buy for people at Christmas. Plan ahead, start now and avoid all those pushy Christmas shoppers.
  • Shop leisurely when you have the time to rather than at the last minute. Avoid all of that stress that Christmas shopping brings. Do it now and you will not have that disappointing moment when the shop clerk says to you, “I am sorry but we have been out of that item for over a week now, but come back in January when we are fully stocked.”


Entertaining Over The Holidays

  • Entertaining during the holiday season can become quite expensive. If you are planning on buying appetizers start shopping for them now, when you see them on sale. They will keep in your freezer.
  • Make a list of all the items that you have bought so that when it comes time you do not have to go digging through your freezer to see what items you have or still need.
  • If you serve homemade cabbage rolls, lasagna or meat pies during the holiday season, all these items and more can be made ahead of time and frozen.

Make Sure To Have It In Time For Christmas

  • For that special toy that you want to purchase for your child this year, that it is going to be a big seller, you may want to put it on layaway now.
  • If gift items need to be ordered ahead of time make sure that you order the item so that it will arrive in plenty of time for Christmas.
  • Shopping online is a great way to shop for Christmas presents. Don’t wait until the last minute to do so however as the online stores do run out of stock.

Christmas Lights

Decorating the outside of your home during the cold wintry storms is not pleasant. Think ahead this year and install all the clips and hooks. This way when it comes time to put up your lights up you will not be standing on a ladder in the cold, rain or snow for as long as all that will be left to do hang the lights.



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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks MissO. Happy Thanksgiving!


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missolive 2 years ago from Texas

Great tips for removing stress this holiday season. I've already applied a few of these. I'm hoping to enjoy family and friends this Christmas season instead of long lines with grumpy grinches. :)


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CloudExplorer 2 years ago from New York City

Great helpful tips for those types that maybe has the monies to even be stressed during the holidays :) for me it's easy, no money, no stress! LOL


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

K9, Good to know, thanks for reading and taking the time to comment :)


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K9keystrokes 4 years ago from Northern, California

Aaaa....I feel better already!

HubHugs~


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Thanks for stopping by GoodLady and Judi. My hubby waits until Christmas Eve to do all his running around. Drives me crazy :)


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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

Yes, I know I should get organized - I've known it for years - and yet I still spend the last few days of December rushing around like a headless chicken. Great advice.


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GoodLady 4 years ago from Rome, Italy

Shopping at stores that are liquidating and at fairs through the year are great suggestions. Best to get organized well ahead of time, you are quite right!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Tina,

Thanks and so nice to see you.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Very useful tip and a great reminder! I am usually late every year with the Christmas shopping, but there is no good reason for it. I will try to start early this year:) Many great tips here and the tip with the bag for each person is really good!

Tina


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Beth, Christmas at my house will be simple this year as well. Thanks for stopping by and for your comments.


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Beth Pipe 5 years ago from Cumbria, UK

Some useful ideas there - thanks. We're keeping it simple (and cheap) this year, lots of jars of home made jellies & chutneys.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Ruby, Christmas when the children were younger was also so much more fun. I so enjoy making a big Christmas Meal still.

Lenore, Thanks so much for your comments.

dreams, Yes any little bit of planning to alleviate some of the stress is always good. :)

Dave, That is quite a few hymns to rehearse :)


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Susan: Organizing for Christmas is simple for me. Since we don't do the present thing, all I have to do is to rehearse my litany of music that I have to prepare for Christmas including a Midnight service as well as Christmas Day Service and plan what I will cook for Christmas dinner. Mind you that litany of music usually involves rehearsing about 30 or 40 hymns plus Mass.


dreams12 5 years ago

great article! It is never to early to start planning for events such as Christmas, especially in today's economy. It can become such a stressful time for people but a little pre planning can go a long way!


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Lenore Robinson 5 years ago from Delaware

All good tips! Like Joan Whetzel, I too shop throughout the year. I always pay attention to the "I would like...," "I wish I had...," or "I can't find..." from friends and family! Thanks for sharing! Up and useful! :)


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

I used to simply adore Christmas when my Son was little, now i just give money, the Grandkids are so picky, it's best to let them buy what they want. Good tips here. Thank you.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

leann, I used to hide the gifts all over the place as well and forgot who I bought what for and thus came the idea of the bags.


leann2800 5 years ago

I like the idea of starting a bag for each person. I usually start early and then hide stuff and can"t find it at Christmas or can"t remember who I bought for.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Cardisa, Christmas Pudding sounds good :) so does the ham.


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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

I love Christmas and can't wait! I need two things before, ingredients for Christmas pudding and a ham!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

marellen, I enjoy the hustle and bustle that Christmas shopping brings, but at the same time I like to be just picking up the last minute things as it gets closer to Christmas. My husband on the other hand does all of his shopping on the 24th of December. To me that is pure panic. :) Thanks for your comments.


marellen 5 years ago

I make a list too but I like the crowds. To me that is Christmas. I'm not sure about buying things now to freeze, I still think its alittle early. Love your suggestions though

I love Christmas and can't wait to decorate.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

rorshak, Thanks so much.


rorshak sobchak 5 years ago

Great tips, awesome hub. I love the picture that you chose. I can't wait for Christmas.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RH, Could be I've never actually thought of it that way before :)


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I bet it's a writers nature to make lists endlessly!


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

RH, Lists are great are they not. I write out so many lists it drives my family crazy but I find them so useful for everything.

Joan, Buying gifts throughout the year sure is a de-stress-er. I sometimes envy people that at the end of January they say "All my Christmas shopping is done for the year".


Joan Whetzel 5 years ago

I have done a few of these thing already. Another Christmas de-stresser I've discovered is to buy presents throughout the year for those people I know I'm buying for (husband, kids, grandkids). I buy a gift here or there when they're available and when I have the money, then set them aside. THen when Christmas rolls around, I have less presents to buy and spend less money all at once.


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I love Christmas shopping! I like to make lists and try to get the perfect gifts - it's the only time I like to shop. I love your ideas, especially having Dave put the hangers formthe lights up before it gets cold! I'm going to ask,him to do it today. Lol

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