Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays on the planet.
And, with only 10 days of Christmas shopping, we can make this a festive season without spending a fortune, giving to everyone and doing it everybody!
A simple quote that sums it up nicely:
When giving gifts at Christmas, we must recognize that sharing our time and ourselves is a very important part of giving.
Gordon B. Hinckley
Here are four simple tips for managing your stress this holiday season:
1. Plan your budget. And it’s not too late to trim your list with just 10 days of shopping. If necessary, tell people that you are reducing gift giving this year. To your surprise, they will understand and will most likely be relieved. Most of us have too many ‘things’ in our lives anyway.
They would probably be happier if they knew that you are giving a gift to a local charity.
Barrie Christmas Cheer Helps families in Barrie, Innisfil, Alliston, Oro-Medonte, Angus and other surrounding communities in southern Simcoe County.
2. Spend time with others – Your relationship with others is the greatest gift of all and provides timeless and priceless memories. Appreciate those moments! Party planning: Shop with a helper and catch up while planning the event.
Christmas is a time for everyone to give, not just you.
3. Involve family members Helping with housework could mean all the difference between enjoying Christmas or just enduring it. Baking, cooking, preparing, and decorating for your festival celebration is another multi-tasking opportunity. Take advantage of this situation where you can catch up with friends and loved ones. Put on Christmas music, chat, laugh, and catch up. Lots of hands make work light and a lot of fun.
Four. Take time for yourself. Make time for quiet and relaxing activities. Going to the spa is wonderful, but a long hot bath listening to your favorite music or just enjoying some peace and quiet could also help regenerate your soul. It’s even okay to disconnect from technology. Cell phones and computers have off buttons. Say no to distractions. If it is really necessary for someone to contact you, they will call a landline or stop by.
Keeping things simple, spending time with friends and loved ones, and asking for help can make this Christmas truly a celebration to remember.
Merry Christmas everyone and have a Happy and Prosperous 2018.