Thanksgiving is over, whew, one major holiday is gone. However, now it’s all about the biggest holiday of the year: Christmas. The four weeks leading up to Christmas can be a hectic time, with so many things to do and such little time. It can quickly become overwhelming and lose its holiday joy. So in this week’s blog, I’m going to go over my Christmas tips and tricks for a stress-free holiday.
For all those Christmas veterans, this one is a no-brainer. I try to shop throughout the year, slowly collecting items for everyone. However, I still find myself in need of presents as the holiday gets closer. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are good times to shop for deals. When those sales pass, I tend to do my Christmas shopping online because there are typically more sales going on, and I’m able to see everything that’s offered. Keep an eye out for any advertised coupon codes you see, they can become useful later on.
Need more presents but don’t know what to get people? A lot of online stores have a section for gifts, which are typically sets that can be a one and done shop. However, I also love to rely on Pinterest. There are so many gift ideas on the site, that you are bound to at least find one idea.
Now you have all these gifts and the daunting time of wrapping has come. You can always go to your local mall and drop them off, but that’s not a favorite thing for me. Instead, I tend to hire a family member. Know a teenager? Or have a family member that age? Teenagers will do anything for money. I give my niece about twenty bucks, and she wraps all of my Christmas presents, saving me the time and the headache.
Throw a Decoration Party
Still need to decorate the house? But have far too many decorations? This is a good time to lure the kids in and have them help you! The promise of sweets is typically a good way to get them to help. It’s a great opportunity to spend time with your kids while also getting things done.
Don’t have kids? Or just know they aren’t going to be any help? Invite your girlfriends over! Lure them in with the promise of drinks and food and turn it into a party! This way you’ll have help decorating and have some fun with your friends.
An Easy Christmas Dinner
Feeding the family can be a strenuous occasion. Most times it requires you to spend the day cooking while everyone else gets to socialize. This can be changed with a little help from local restaurants. Nowadays, lots of restaurants offer Christmas dinner packages! This way you can get a restaurant quality meal without shopping and spending all day cooking it. It will make your day that much easier!
These may only be a few tips, but if you follow them, they can make Christmas just a little easier. (You’re on your own for the in-laws).
Let us know your Christmas tips and tricks in the comments!