It’s November 1st, and in spite of your candy hangover, now is a great time to start thinking about the upcoming holidays so you can enjoy them stress free!
Do you often feel overwhelmed during the months of November and December, or feel anxious just at the thought of all the shopping, cooking, parties and events? It’s easy to just let life happen, but by having a plan you can have a happy, chaos-free holiday.
For the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing simple steps you can take to simplify your holidays. Join in and follow the plan so you can enjoy a peaceful and fun holiday season! (You can subscribe here so you don’t miss anything!)
This week’s Stress Free Holiday Baby Steps are:
Take a Holiday Snapshot
Your first task is to print the Holiday Snapshot (read more and print yours here). Take some time this week to think about the experiences and people that brought you joy in past holiday seasons, and those events and situations that did not. Fill in the sections on the Holiday Snapshot (you may want to ask other family members as well).
If you want to be super organized, you can find or purchase a one inch binder in which to place all of your planners and notes for the season. Print a simple cover here to place in the front of the binder.
Start Your Master Gift List
The second step for this week is to print the Christmas Gift Master List here and start filling in the people that you want to buy gifts for this year. You can even write in any gift ideas next to the person’s name.
Make a Decision About Cards
The last step for this week is to decide if you will send cards or letters to family and friends this year. If so, start looking for your cards and think about whether or not you will use a family photo. Be sure to check The Peaceful Mom for deals on cards and photos.
If you have a tight budget, think about sending an e-card.
If you’d like a more detailed plan to simplify, save money and stay sane during this holiday season, take a look at my new e-book Stress Free Holidays.
One reader says:
“I love this book! You write in a way that not only makes me laugh, it makes me feel like I can do this, I CAN have a stress free holiday. Thank you!”
Along with real-life, super easy strategies to simplify, you’ll find money saving ideas, gift and family fun ideas and strategies for dealing with difficult family members (yes, we all have them!). I even include 10 Easy Ways to Make Money for Christmas!
Click here to read more and watch my Stress Free Holidays video clip.
[See all Stress Free Holidays Baby Steps posts here.]