For many people, the holiday season is a stressful time. Even if you love everything about the holidays, it’s the time of year when calendars quickly fill up with social engagements and we have more things that need to get done. We scurry around town searching for the perfect gift for loved ones and do our best at balancing everyday commitments with all the extra things that need to get done. Add in elaborate meal prep and decorations and things can quickly become overwhelming.
All of this can leave you feeling stretched thin. And feeling that way does little in way of helping us cope.
Unlike the fortunate few who are so organized they have their gift buying complete before summer, most of us race around trying to get ready, vowing that next year will be different (and it never is). A great way to alleviate some of the stress of the season is by careful planning, even if it’s late in the year.
Fans of ‘To Do” lists understand how valuable making lists can be. It has a way of fooling the brain into believing you have things under control. Inexpensive spiral bound notebooks can be a lifesaver. Have sections for each person on your gift list and mark down ideas for them. Set up a timeline of when you want the decorations complete, the Christmas baking done, the Christmas cards sent. Make a section for recipes. There is nothing like scratching an item off a ‘to do’ list to give you a sense of accomplishment. In an ideal world, the holidays would simply be a time for family friends and fellowship. But in reality, unless well planned out, it’s chaos.
Here’s hoping you will be so organized this holiday season, you will have time to take in its beauty!