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It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas! Are You Ready?

By: Brittany Engelmann-- 2016-12-12 7:00 am --

The holidays are almost here, which can cause a mix of excitement and anxiety. While Christmas is a favorite holiday among many, it also causes significantly more stress than other holidays. According to the Mayo Clinic, proper planning is a key element to reducing stress and depression around the holidays. Here’s a last-minute checklist to ensure your holiday celebration runs seamlessly.

  1. Prepare your home.

If you have guests coming for the holidays, then you’ll need to prepare your home for them in advance. Ask your guests whether they have any specific needs that need to be accommodated, such as allergies, medical needs, and accessibility needs, so you can coordinate their living arrangements properly. This will spare you any unnecessary family drama by ensuring everyone feels comfortable in your home.

  1. Create a cooking schedule.

Cooking a large family meal is one of the most stressful aspects of hosting a family gathering. By creating a cooking schedule, you can simplify the process and ensure all food is cooked to perfection. Assign roles to members of your family based on their age and ability. Adults can tackle the more dangerous chores like chopping veggies and managing the oven, while children can participate by decorating cookies and helping to clean up afterward.

  1. Finish all last-minute shopping and gift wrapping.

Gift wrapping can be a pain, especially when you have dozens of gifts that need to be wrapped. Whenever possible, request complimentary gift wrapping when purchasing items from the store. Stock up on ribbon, wrapping paper, name tags, and tape, and devote an afternoon to wrapping all presents, ensuring you finish at least a couple of days before Christmas. By starting early, you’ll have plenty of time to purchase more wrapping paper and tape in the event you run out.

  1. Stick to a budget.

The cost of Christmas has been rising over the years, and this year, shoppers anticipate spending about $929. For larger families, the cost may even be higher. Yet, many U.S. families are already living on a tight budget and splurging around Christmas simply isn’t practical. Establish a strict budget this holiday season, and make sure you stick to it. One way to considerably reduce spending is to play White Elephant instead of buying gifts for everyone in your family. For people will large families, this will save everybody a lot of money, while reducing the time spent perusing stores in search of innumerable gifts.

  1. Be practical.

Everyone has grand ideas of what they want their family holidays to look like, but keep in mind you’re only human. Be practical about what you’re are capable of providing for your family this Christmas, and enjoy the time you have with your family, rather than stressing about every imperfection.

Christmas is a joyous occasion, meant for celebrating with close family and friends. This year, don’t let the stress of the holidays spoil your good mood. By planning early, you can prepare a memorable holiday extravaganza, without working yourself to the bone. With some smarter shopping choices, you can reduce the financial stressors of the holidays as well. At DollarDays, we sell a variety of low-cost Christmas gifts, stocking stuffers, wrapping paper, and more, providing you with a one-stop shop for all of your holiday needs. Click here to start browsing.