Christmas can be a stressful time of year. One way I reduce my stress at this time of year is by having a good plan and spacing out our Christmas activities.
For most of my adult years, I had this idea that all Christmas activities must be done in the month of December. It doesn’t help that my husband is very firm in his: Christmas starts in December mantra.
Doing everything I needed to get done in December made the whole season less enjoyable for me. So, I changed my ways and started to start planning Christmas in November.
2 Things you can do in November
Last year, 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 Christmas ready, I discovered a fantastic secret.
THE BEST TIME TO SHOP IS IN NOVEMBER.
What I discovered is that in November, the stores were not busy, and the shelves were stocked with toys. These 2 things made the whole shopping experience actually enjoyable.
Not only did I not have to fight the crowds for parking spaces, I easily found what I was looking the purchase for my children.
I had a list of items in mind when I went to the store and was able to be in and out in no time.
My family had given us money to buy presents for the kids, so my husband and I went Christmas shopping in December. What we found were busy and crowded stores and a dwindling stock of toys. The most popular toys had already been sold out and another shipment was not coming until after Christmas. We had been collecting the 7 pups in the paw patrol and were missing one.
I could have bought all 7 in November, but due to budget constraints decided not too. Once we got the extra money, we wanted to complete the set.
It took us until April to be able to find the missing pup. I was very close to ordering one online.
For us, December means work Christmas parties, school and church Christmas concerts, and friends Christmas parties and visiting family.
There are not enough weekends in December to do all of these activities without overbooking yourself and feeling stress.
Due to not having lots of time, we decided to use November to also do some visiting.
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 snow storm and suddenly we are celebrating the season on the shoulder on highway 2. ( just to be clear, that has never happened but it is part of a visit nightmare)
We are not against having family to visit, but since we have the most amount of kids, we have decided that if you want Christmas Day with us, you have to come to us.
But, we still like going to visit his mother in Calgary and one of our family traditions takes place there. My husband grew up going to 12 days of Christmas at heritage park. When we moved out west, we wanted to continue the tradition. It’s a great way to celebrate the season with family. Thankfully, they start this early on and have November dates.
So, this year, we are doing all our travel in November. I predict that not only will this make December more peaceful but that the roads will be better and the travel will be more enjoyable.
What do you do in November to make Christmas more enjoyable?
Originally posted 2016-11-22 04:42:10.