This post is sponsored by Red Baron but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
The holiday season is all about creating wonderful memories while spending time with your family.
On the same token, holiday seasons can cause a bit of mental strain if you don’t prepare in advance. Since our family has grown to now 3 boys, the holiday anxiety has increased a little. Especially since one of my youngest has a birthday on Christmas Day!
Having to think about Christmas gifts, dinners, holiday family photos and a birthday is a bit much for a busy mom.
Here are a few simple ways to beat holiday stress and not get overwhelmed during the joyful time of year.
Don’t wait until the last minute to shop. I have realized the later I wait to purchase gifts, the more stressed I get. When I wait, the gift is either gone or the price has increased. So if you see a gift a family member would enjoy, grab it then!
MAKE A SHOPPING LIST PLAN
I like to set budgets and the number of gifts I want to get for my family. This helps you have a bit of an idea when you are out shopping to make it easier, faster and less stressful.
USE GIFT BAGS
Wrapping gifts takes a bit of time. To cut back on some of the time, I wrap only kids gifts. For the adults, I will use gift bags and call it a day. I do try to wrap most of the gifts, but if I am battling time in efforts of getting other things done, I’ll put an adult gift in a gift bag.
DON’T STRESS ABOUT DINNER
As much as I love to cook, very rarely has time allowed me to get a home to either eat or cook a meal to enjoy with my family. There are times when it is best to just grab a Red Baron pizza, pop it in the oven, and call it a success. They are so easy and quick. And guess what, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. There is no need to overthink it with everything going on. Since my family loves pizza, I know that no one will complain about the dinner selection and everyone will be able to enjoy each others company.