Holidays, can be extremely stressful. Below I list 10 tips that will help you survive.
1. Don’t put everything off until the last few days or weeks. Start preparing early, in fact, it is best to start right after each holiday passes. Catch the store’s clearance sales.
2. Speaking of sales, buy gifts all year round. I am a practical gift giver so if I know someone is going to need a particular item and it is on sale in February, as long as it is not perishable I buy and save it until the next year.
3. Map out a plan on paper for your decorations and decor. Sometimes writing out your ideas will help them make sense and give you a chance to evaluate them according to which ones you like the best. As a result, you are helping yourself save time and money when you are in the store.
4. Start buying your holiday cards early. This will also allow you to finish them with time to spare. Consider Tiny Prints Christmas cards, http://www.tinyprints.com/photo-cards.htm. They have many beautiful options to choose from.
5. If you want personalized cards, pictures, or gifts consider buying online. Buying gifts online is great because it helps you save on having to ship items yourself. It can be a headache having to stand in line at the post office during holiday season.
6. If you have to mail packages yourself, please consider the USPS flat rate shipping boxes. I love that you can schedule a carrier to pick up the items right at your front door and you don’t have to weigh anything. The boxes are free, but it takes up to 10 days for them to be delivered to your door if you order them online or you can go to the post office and pick up some of their free supplies.
7. Write out a menu. If you want to go a step further, type the menu and print it on pretty paper to make your holiday guests feel extra special. But writing a menu will help you develop your shipping list beforehand.
8. Plan activities for your guest. When my family get together, I want it to be as peaceful as possible so I try to make sure they are fully occupied because when they get bored the atmosphere changes.
9. Delegate. Make sure you are not the only person trying to do everything. Sometimes other people need a little guidance to get things done.
10. Ease your mind by accepting that everything is not going to go perfectly. We live in an imperfect world so often things do not run as smoothly as planned.
I hope you find my 10 tips helpful, if you have some of your own that you would like to share, please do.
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