Tips To Making Your Christmas Less Stressful And More Joyous

The holidays are such a magical time of year. You get to spend time with friends and family doing fun things and are enjoyable for everyone.

The only drawback is that sometimes you find you have overextended yourself between shopping, cooking, wrapping presents, decorating the house and planning activities.

Here are some tips to help you have a less stressful, more enjoyable Christmas.

Lower your expectations. With all of the commercialism of Christmas being shoved at you all the time, you may start to feel like you're not giving enough gifts to your children are friends.

This is simply not true. Christmas is about spending time with your loved ones and giving from your heart. It is not a competition to see who can spend the most money.

Don't put that pressure on yourself. If you overspend and it puts your budget under stress, then you will not enjoy your holidays.

Keep your gifts within your own budget, whether you make homemade gifts or can find some really good deals.

Don't over plan activities so you find yourself pressed for time.

Try planning just enough activities so that everyone has a good time without having to feel like there's no time for anything else in the day.

Start early with your decorations. If you can spend just a few minutes at a time, then start by taking out the lights first and if necessary untangling them from last year.

Then the next day, all the lights in the house and on the tree.

In next and we have a few minutes get the kids to help you and put the ornaments on the tree.

Next if you have lots of decorations split them up into piles and have each person in the family pick one pile and put the decorations out.

If it's at all possible, do most of your shopping online and have it delivered to your house. Many stores now ship free if you spend a certain amount.

By ordering most of your Christmas presents online you will save yourself the frustration of being stuck in traffic for hours, plus it will take much less time to shop if you do it all online.

Remember that the holidays are meant to be a joyous event.

As long as you take everything slow and easy and don't put too much pressure on yourself, you can have a calm and enjoyable Christmas.

Have everyone in the family help with the planning and activities and things will run smooth. Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas.

More Resources for Simplifying Christmas

You can also save money and be unique, by making your own Christmas cards this year.

I have a brilliant pack of 1,500 Christmas royalty free images for only $5 that you can download and use year after year.

They are gorgeous and such fun to use on handmade cards and decorations.

Learning how to keep Christmas simple is a matter of making sure you are organized with your Christmas planning and budgeting every step of the way.

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