Do you get stressed out over Christmas preparation? Do you feel like there is just too many things to do. It seems that lately (thanks to the retailers) we start thinking about Christmas in August, when you start seeing the Christmas decor making its appearance in the stores. And that is when your first thoughts of Christmas preparation come to mind – even if it is subconsciously.
The Magic of Christmas
Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. There is just something about the Christmas tree that always made Christmas feels magical to me.
What is not magical is all the preparation that goes into it. I don’t know about you, but I feel like my to-do list is never ending and it has often led me to the feeling of being overwhelmed. There were times that I spend so much time on cleaning, cooking and everything in between that by the time Christmas arrived, I was too tired to fully enjoy it.
That is when I decided to make some changes in my Christmas preparation to make them less stressful. Here are the three simple rules I apply.
1. Plan Ahead
The first step is to create a simple plan a few weeks ahead of Christmas. That plan should include the major tasks that you would like to complete in preparation for Christmas. Especially, if you are like me, and are hosting a family dinner.
I love to create to-do lists to help me keep things on track. And this year I finally decided to create one that I can re-use every year. If you are interested in downloading these two free printable (screenshots of both are below) subscribe to my mailing list and you will receive an e-mail with links to Christmas Preparation Checklist and Christmas Gift Tracker. This will be a quick way to get a head start on your Christmas preparation.
2. Decide What to Delegate and What You Can Skip
I have always struggled with delegating or accepting help with Christmas preparation. It just seemed like nobody could do things my way, and I liked my way better. So I ended up doing everything, which was pretty exhausting.
So now, if someone is offering to bring desert, I say “absolutely’! If my kids want to map the floor, I let them (this is definitely not Christmas specific) And if they miss a few spots (they are 2 and 6, so they miss something every time) I just spot clean it. That saves me a lot of time and energy and gives them something to do.
I have also learned how to skip certain tasks. Do I really need to clean that chandelier? Do I need to prepare four sides, or can I do two or three? Or maybe I can buy some sides instead of making them from scratch? Or maybe I can hire someone to clean my house?
So decide what tasks you can delegate to your family members, what you can buy or hire help for, and what you can skip altogether. I promise, this will make your Christmas preparation less stressful and Christmas day much more enjoyable.
3. Create Memories
I want to make sure that I remember what Christmas is all about. It is about the birth of Jesus and celebrating families. I want my kids to have those magical memories from Christmas time.
This is why I make sure we have our little Christmas traditions. We do things like writing a letter to Santa, making a Gingerbread house, baking cookies for Santa, going to Church, and enjoying Christmas Eve dinner with our extended family.
And I think this year we will start a new Christmas tradition, which is the Elf on the Shelf. This concept is completely new to me, as I never experienced that growing up, so let me know in the comments if this is part of your Christmas season traditions.
So don’t let Christmas pass you by because you are too busy preparing for it!