2 simple tips for having a stress free Christmas

Christmas can be a stressful time of year. To help make the holidays more enjoyable and not be in such a rush, we made 2 changes to the Christmas season that have made all the difference. In this post, I will share 2 simple tips for having a stress free Christmas.

For most of my adult years, I had the idea that we must do all Christmas activities in December. It doesn’t help that my husband is very firm in this: Christmas starts in December mantra.

Doing everything I needed to get done in December made the entire season less enjoyable for me.

So, I changed my ways and started planning Christmas tasks and events in November. 

2 simple tips for having a stress free Christmas

1. Shop in November

In 2015, I was due to have a baby in late November or early December. The thought of bringing a newborn with me to do Christmas shopping made my head spin.

For the first time in my life, I planned on having Christmas gifts bought early.  In my quest to be ready at Christmas, I discovered a fantastic secret.

THE BEST TIME TO SHOP IS IN NOVEMBER.

One of my secrets to making Christmas more enjoyable is to shop in November. What I discovered is that in November, the stores were not busy, and they stocked the shelves with toys. These 2 things made the total shopping experience actually enjoyable.

Not only did I not have to fight the crowds for parking spaces, I easily found what I was looking for.

I had a list of items in mind when I went to the store and could be in and out in no time.

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2. Visit Family in November

The second secret to making Christmas more enjoyable is to spread out all the family visits.

I have many friends who spend Christmas Day or Christmas week going to 2-5 different Christmas celebrations. That routine never sounded fun to me.

In our house, we have never been close to both of our families so we don’t have to worry about sharing Christmas.

But December means work Christmas parties, school, and church Christmas concerts, friend Christmas parties and also visiting family.

I found that there were not enough weekends in December to do these activities without overbooking ourselves and feeling stressed out.

To balance our schedule more, we moved some of our events to November. The best time for us to visit our extended family was to meet at the end of November.

Why did we move our family Celebration?

We moved our celebration because we needed to travel from Edmonton to Calgary. Most of my husband’s family lives in Calgary. It is only a 3.5-hour drive from Edmonton.

With kids, the drive can take up to 5 hours. Add a snowstorm and suddenly we are celebrating the season on the shoulder of Highway 2. (just to be clear, that has never happened, but it is part of a visit nightmare)

But we still enjoy going to visit my husband’s family in Calgary because when we do we can celebrate Christmas with my mother-in-law and both of my husband’s siblings.

We love going to Calgary and visiting family. It has become a tradition that we love and enjoy.

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Conclusion:

The older I get, the more simple I want things to be in my life. That includes Christmas. I still work to make it special for my children, but I stopped worrying about the little things and became much better at managing our activities.

In the comments below, share some tips for having a stress free christmas.

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6 responses to “2 simple tips for having a stress free Christmas”

  1. Cait Weingartner Avatar

    Thanks for sharing these great tips. Even though I love the holiday season, I tend to get a bit overwhelmed and stressed by both my expectations of the “perfect” holiday, and my way-too-long ‘to do’ list. I will definitely use some of this good advice!

    1. anne.markey1@gmail.com Avatar

      I realized a while ago that I was never going to have a “perfect” holiday, so now I just try to enjoy the mess 😉

  2. Bekah Avatar
    Bekah

    Both my girls were born in late December. They are two years and one week apart. With my second I was put on bedrest for a while, so I crocheted Christmas gifts from my couch and chilled 🙂

    1. anne.markey1@gmail.com Avatar

      Sounds perfect to me… except I don’t know how to crochet!! Would love to learn one day.

  3. Jennifer Dunham Avatar

    I love your suggestion about visiting family in November. It can be so stressful to try to squeeze everything into a few short days and that makes it much easier!

    1. anne.markey1@gmail.com Avatar

      It for sure does. I usually am one of those people that likes to celebrate things in that day, but I make an exception with Christmas.

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