ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

destress your holidays

Updated on November 24, 2012

The holiday season is one of comfort and joy. It brings back memories of my childhood filled with family, friends, going to Mass, celebrating the birth of Jesus and of course Santa Claus. Now that I'm older and a mom, I try to bring the same traditions to my family that were given to me as a child.

Replicating the holidays for my family can sometimes bring on too much for one person to handle and then the stress sets in. Will I have enough time to decorate, cook, shop and play hostess. Everything it seems needs to be perfect in order to have the perfect holiday. But perfection doesn't always make a HAPPY holiday. It usually does the opposite by making you focus on things instead of focusing on people. The more unplanned the holiday, the more memorable. Stress has a trickling effect. The more stressed you are, the more unhappy you are, the more unhappy you are, the more unhappy those around you are, so stop stressing and start enjoying.

For myself, the only way to limit my stress is with paper and pen in hand. I write everything down. Starting in October, I start to make several lists in my planner. My lists include: A Need and Want list, a list for decorating, shopping, cooking or dinner hosting, and having fun. This way I don't forget what I need or want to do.

My need list has everything that needs to be done. This can include cooking Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, shopping for presents for Christmas, or doing something special with my husband and children. My want list is what I would like to do, but if I can't, then it will have to wait for another time. This list usually includes trying out new recipes or making holiday crafts.

My top 5 tips for making your holiday less stressful and more fun

List making: Start by setting aside an hour to organize your thoughts and what you would like to do. Make a list of everything you will need to make the holidays special for your family. Your lists may include gift giving, shopping lists, card writing, cooking holiday meals and events you would like to attend. Include in your list dates, budget and time you would like to have for yourself.

Decorating: For Thanksgiving I usually decorate the Saturday after Halloween. For Christmas, I decorate on Black Friday. Everything that can be done in one day is what gets decorated. I only spend one day on decorations. After the day ends, the remaining decorations get put away for another time.

Shopping: For your shopping you need to know what your budget for holiday gifts will be. Then make a list of who you plan to give gifts to. Set an amount for each person. I start shopping in October, do most of it online, and try to get done before Thanksgiving. and know things can't always be perfect. If you're hosting a party, get everyone involved and have them help out, even if they don't offer, ask for their help. The whole purpose to the holidays is to spend time together with family and friends so this is my priority. Everything else comes second. Holidays that are not perfect are usually the most memorable ones.

Cooking: Our family always hosts Christmas Eve and Christmas dinner in our home. To make this a success everyone in our immediate and extended family pitches in. We decide on a menu and each person chooses an item they will be in charge of. From the main meal, to appetizers, side dishes, drinks, desserts and paper products, everyone participates and this relieves the stress from one person having to be the one to do it all.

Enjoy: Enjoy every moment of the holiday season. This time will never come round again. Children grow, we get older and things change from year to year. Play games with your kids, take the time to listen to your spouse, and make some time for aging parents. Do things that connect your family in ways that will last a life time. Make your memories last by enjoying the time you have with your family and friends. Take time to relax, laugh and take in all the magic this time of year brings.


From our family to yours, have a wonderful and blessed holiday. 2012

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)