10 From GEM:
Getting Ready for Christmas
It really can be the most wonderful time of the year…..with a little planning, forethought and preparation. The key to enjoying the time before the holidays and during the holidays, is being prepared and organized. Organization is the tool for eliminating stress, panic and anxiety because you are in control and you make the decisions. That’s vital. With a little pre-planning, you’ll not only enjoy the pre-planning, but you’ll be in the spirit of the season and you’ll actually look forward to celebrating the holiday season with your friends and family.
The key to being organized is to begin thinking about what you are able to do in a certain amount of time. You have to work within your comfort zone, you have to set your limits with everything from budgeting for gifts, decor, parties and what’s good for you and your health. Your stress level will impact your health, so you have to create these boundaries and stick to them. You can’t spend more than you can afford, you can’t do more than you’re able to and you have to learn to say no. You don’t have to go to all those Christmas parties or get togethers, you don’t have to buy expensive gifts and you don’t have to cook everything if you’re hosting Christmas dinner.
Begin with a list, far out in advance. Make sure your tasks are realistic and attainable. If you begin to feel anxiety to a particular task, remove it from your list. Look for ways to eliminate excess from your pre-planning, right down to the day of the celebration. More isn’t always best. In fact, less is best. Focus on the day and seeing all your friends and loved ones. Focus on creating ever-lasting memories. That is what’s important, not extravagance and flamboyance.
Here are some great tips to help get you ready for Christmas in the most stress-free manner.
1. Decorate Your Home
Shop early for better deals, greater selection of merchandise, or, shop just after Christmas for deeply discounted decorations. Browse online for creative craft ideas and for unique decorating ideas for your home. It's never too early putting up your Christmas tree and decorate each room for the season. No need for elaborate decor everywhere, just one striking Christmas element in each room.