Managing the Holiday Stress
Yesterday I braved the chilly winds and walked around with my camera and of course Frodo. The air smelled and felt like impending snow but nary a flake fell. So sad. However, I'm sure soon there will be snow. Can you believe we are nearly a third of the way through December? Oh, I wish I could slow down the days.
I find during the holiday preparation, the stresses can get the best of me. So I thought I'd share how I manage these stresses. Keep in mind, this is how I've done my holidays for years and I'm sure you have a system that works for you.
Start early and prioritize exactly what you want done. I am lucky because I exchange gifts with my husband's family in October and my side of the family in November. This forces me to shop and wrap and be ready. This significantly lightens my stress of gift buying in December.
When the kids were little, I started shopping in October, each weekend focusing on a family group or one of my kids. I nearly always finished by the end of November. However, save some money for when the kids write their Christmas list and there's something on it you did't know to buy!
I tend to start knitting for people in September. However, as I've stated before, I knit all year round the projects that I like and then promptly put them into a general gift box to pick and choose from when the holidays arrive.
Be flexible in your expectations. I have ideas of what I want to knit for people but I prioritize and have an alternative plan if I don't meet those goals. I'm happy either way and you know what? If the gift is secret knitting, the recipient will never know you are using the alternative plan! Be gentle and kind and realistic in your goals.
|my partner in crime|
When Advent rolls around I like to have all of the shopping done by December 10th. That gives me plenty of time for simple easy shopping like impulse buys or little items. Also, I have plenty of time to wrap, bake and enjoy the Advent season. Next week, I'll start my baking (yay!).
I discovered a LONG time ago that I am not good at procrastinating. I crumble and become an emotional mess so for me being on task leads to a happy holiday spirit.
|me liking my new coat after a month of wearing it and missing the old coat..|
This the the most important tip. Plan something special for yourself for Christmas Day. I like to have a knitting project for me all set up and ready to cast on. I've done this for years and find it's fun to know that my knitting for others is over and I can do something decadent for myself. What a treat!!
|I had to rip three rows yesterday....such a rookie!|
What are your tips for managing the holiday stresses?