Are you looking for stress free holiday tips? You can stress less and enjoy the holidays more this year!
My mentor laughs and calls me a Type A person in a Type B body because, many times, I embody both.
As a firstborn, I like to have everything planned out and executed perfectly. But as a busy wife, mom of three (almost four!), homemaker, and business owner, I’ve learned that I absolutely cannot do it all. There are times I need to let the to-do list sit undone.
There are ways to live with a flexible plan that can make for a stress free holiday.
The following ways are things I’ve learned that will make for a stress free holiday.
My holidays have been much more enjoyable since I’ve implemented these tips, and I hope these will help you enjoy a stress free holiday season this year!
5 Stress Free Holiday Tips
1. Meal plan.
Whether you meal plan on a regular basis or not, meal planning should be a must on your holiday planning list!
Our family has enjoyed hosting Thanksgiving the past several years, and there is absolutely no way I could have held such an event at my house without a proper meal plan.
Meal planning doesn’t have to be complicated, but knowing your holiday menu ahead of time will help you enjoy the season without the stress of a frozen turkey an hour before you need to serve dinner.
Holiday Meal Planner
Take the guess work out of who is bringing what to the your holiday meals. Use this menu planner to organize the food according to what type of dish people will bring. You can use each of the four main categories to keep track of who is bring what food and what types of dishes will be served. All in this easy to use sheet!
2. Decorate simply.
Our home isn’t elaborate, so our decor won’t be either. You don’t have to have a Pinterest-perfect house to enjoy the season.
We decorate our tree with memory ornaments as well as hand-made crafts from our children. We add a few white lights to our trees and bushes, and pull out our nativity set collection, but we don’t do much beyond that.
Now, if going all out with decorating brings you life and joy instead of stress, then go for it!
But, for many people, extensive decorating can be stressful. Opt for a stress free holiday by keeping decor simple.
3. Keep batteries on hand.
You might laugh, but lacking batteries when you need them at the last minute can be a real stress!
Whether it be for the Christmas lights, various electronic ornaments and decorations, or, especially, for any battery-operated toys your children may open on Christmas Day, ensuring a full supply of batteries can help make for a stress free holiday.
While it’s been said there’s nothing worse than toy packaging, our little ones can get incredibly frustrated if they can’t play with those toys once we open them if we don’t have batteries on hand.
We’ve found RAYOVAC® Alkaline batteries to be reliable and a fair price. While we buy generic brands for many items (hello: I’m an ALDI lover!), we’ve learned that batteries are on item we can’t skimp on. We’ve found RAYOVAC® at Walmart, Home Depot, Lowes, and at a variety of grocery stores. Here’s a full list of where to find them.
My husband keeps a full supply of batteries in our garage, so we’re never caught off-guard when we need them.
4. Buy gifts ahead of time.
I used to be the worst with last-minute gift buying, but I’ve learned that one secret of a stress free holiday is to buy as much ahead of time as possible!
My husband and I have curated an amazing gift guide to help others wade through the too-often stressful holiday shopping season, and we usually strive to get all of our shopping done by the beginning of December.
One way we’ve been able to eliminate shopping stress it go only buy our children three gifts each Christmas, and we also scope out deals year round and keep presents stashed away in our gift closet.
5. Don’t do it all.
Our community is chock full of free and affordable events throughout the holiday season. There’s walking nativities, light shows, open houses, Christmas plays, caroling, parties galore, and so much more.
While it sounds fun to attend all of these, we’ve realized that sticking to just a few seasonal events helps to ensure a stress free holiday.
We create memories that are tied to laughter and warm feelings instead of the stress of rushing from one event to another.
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What are your tips for a stress free holiday?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of RAYOVAC® The opinions and text are all mine.