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December is a month that often passes in a whirlwind of activity. Trying to keep up with all the kids’ festive activities and their busy schedules while planning the family Christmas celebrations can leave you feeling drained and exhausted. If you feel weighed down by seasonal responsibilities, why not make things a little different this year and free yourself from the pressure and stress that often comes at this time of year? Doing things differently can help you escape the usual Christmas dramas and, instead allow you to get more enjoyment from this special time of year:
Don’t Focus on Presents
Over the festive season, the ad breaks are filled with commercials for new perfumes and must-have toys. While everyone loves to receive a present, the focus on consumerism over the Christmas period can lead to added stress. If you are worried that Christmas will drain your bank account, why not choose to do something else instead? Rather than buying another expensive gift, why not show people around you that you care by giving a meaningful present. Creating a handmade item or giving them a gift experience is an excellent way to avoid another shopping trip and enables you to give a present they will love.
Get Everyone Involved
Who says that one person per household has to take responsibility and plan every part of the Christmas celebrations themselves? Stepping away from being single-handedly responsible for organising Christmas is a great way to ease your stress. Giving everyone a role in the Christmas preparations will help you spend more time as a family amid the Christmas craziness and help you get all those festive jobs completed more quickly. For example, checking on different Christmas decoration stores like Decorator's Warehouse and finding that perfect ribbon or flowers to give your home the best festive decor.
Even the kids can get involved in getting the house ready to welcome guests and help with creating a cosy home this christmas. So, why not come together to bring a feeling of hygge to your home that you can enjoy as a family on those cold winter nights?
Take Time Out
Have you ever been so busy preparing for Christmas that on the day itself, you have been absolutely exhausted? If your Christmas preparations leave you feeling drained and run-down, it is essential to give yourself some time out. It is impossible to enjoy your festive celebrations if you feel tired throughout the day. So, instead of overcommitting yourself this Christmas, it is a great idea to give yourself permission to relax and recharge your batteries. Doing this will help you to feel at your best on Christmas day.
Let Go of Perfection
A homemade Christmas full of special memories means so much more than a festive celebration centred around expensive gifts and ostentatious decorations. So, instead of aiming for perfection this Christmas, why not let go of comparing your Christmas to others and focus on what makes your family happy? Once you stop putting yourself under pressure to be the perfect host and make the perfect Christmas lunch, you can spend time with your guests and enjoy each other’s company.