Christmas is a time to be filled with joy, merriment, and thankfulness. It’s a time to spend with family and friends to reconnect with one another. You want to actually remember Christmas this year, right? The idea is to be intentional. Don’t get so caught up in the hustle and bustle that you forget to enjoy the season itself. Don’t let the month go by in a total blur.
By following some of the points below, you’ll be able to have a much less stressful Christmas and enjoy the season.
Make a to-do list.
You may have a mental list of everything you need to do and when you need to do it but it helps to have a written list or calendar to see the big picture. If your shopping needs to be done by a certain date, write that down.
The point of this is to see everything in one place so you can get an idea of what’s happening and when. Don’t like how it’s looking? Reorganize your calendar and your to-do list to reflect the Christmas you want to have this year.
Cut down on Social Media time.
Hide your eyes from the perfectly curated Instagram feeds and the DIY rabbit hole of Facebook. Don’t waste this joyous time of year apologizing to your friends and family because you keep struggling every now and again to give them your full attention. It’s so not cool. Don’t compare your Christmas plans with anyone else’s. When you start doing that, you’re playing a game you’ll never win.”
Don’t shop at peak times.
This can’t be overemphasized. Please shop early! Shop early! Shop early. Since you started saving for Christmas early, you can shop early too. You’ll never have to worry about inventory being too low and having to stoop to a tug of war with another desperate shopper over the items flying off the shelf.
Plus, this is the kind of time store owners and retailers find joy in hiking the price of their items since they know desperate shoppers are choiceless. Don’t be among them.
Make time for downtime.
Your peace and quiet is important, and you’ll need to keep it, to keep your sanity. It really doesn’t matter what part of the day it is—the early morning hours or the evening when the visitors are asleep. Just make time to enjoy the things you love. Read a book. Do a Christmas devotional or Advent plan, or whatever. Catch up on your favorite Netflix shows. Or dive into one of those cheesy (but you can’t look away) Hallmark Christmas movies.
Decorate like a minimalist.
Instead of decorating the entire house, keep it simple by decorating the tree and the mantel. Focus on your main living spaces where your family gathers most often. Take some of the pressure off yourself and ignore the urge to create a winter wonderland inside (or outside) your home this year.
We hope these tips help you have a wonderful Christmas and a truly restful holiday season.
From all of us at Online New Naija, we wish a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year ahead.