Wednesday, December 19, 2012
I wanted to post a few ideas I had about managing stress during the Holidays. Baking, cooking, wrapping and shopping can get to be a little to much, especially if you are buying and catering to a big family. This year I decided to relieve some of the overwhelming responsibilities. I started with food, our family will be doing a potluck gathering, if everyone brings a dish then the person having the party can focus on the main course. I find that this works pretty well, most people will bring a dish that they feel they make really well, which hopefully means better food too! Second the gifts, this year financially we would like to cut back. I love to buy Christmas presents for people, there's just something about finding that perfect gift for someone and seeing how happy they are when they know you thought about them. But, this year we changed it up every family member has picked a name from a hat. With a charity of their choice they can either donate money or time to that charity in the other persons name. On Christmas Day everyone can hand out their envelopes with the name of the charity and how much time or money they donated in the other persons name. I figure it was a way to get into the Christmas spirit and a good way to give a gift. But as far as the immediate family, I will still be hitting the mall, looking for the best sale.(: I hope this gives a few other people a few ideas on how to make the Holidays a little less stressful. Do you have any traditions or ideas that make the Holidays a little easier for you?