My husband and I got married on December 21st. Talk about a stressful Christmas that year! Everyone was concerned about pulling our wedding together and I heard from more than one person how it was such a bad idea to have a wedding at Christmas because Christmastime is stressful enough. In the first few years after we got married I learned just how stressful Christmas can be. Everyone’s family has certain expectations. Some people even have certain gift expectations. My husband and I have reached the point where we have now decided that it isn’t up to anyone else how we do Christmas, and I try to keep it as stress free as possible.
How To Simplify the Stress of Christmas
Make a Plan
In order to keep myself organized, I use my Christmas Planner to keep track of our budget, our Christmas cards, our Christmas gift list, and more. Having a plan is essential to running the entire season smoothly. As a scatter brained mom of five, I would easily forget which activities I want to do with the kids. So, if I want to make sure we start our Shepherd on the Search at Advent, I will write it down. If I want to make sure we build our gingerbread house, I will pencil it in on my calendar. There are several events we love to attend and I need to write them all down so I don’t forget!
While my Christmas Planner has several pages for you to plan out your entire Christmas season, I have a free Christmas planning page available for those who do not need as much room! I just love the hand painted water color graphics!
Limit the Gifts
We follow a four gift rule for our children. I was tired of stressing out over gifts, so I keep the gift giving simple and minimal. Our children have plenty of toys and I prefer less clutter in our home, so they will get a few new things and some odds and ends in their stockings and that’s it. And guess what? They are just fine with that! My husband and I prefer to give experiences. That’s what makes Christmas memorable, right? For example, this year we are taking the kids to see The Nutcracker. Focus more on experiences rather than spending a lot of money on gifts.
Focus on the True Meaning of Christmas
Along with experiences, focus on the true meaning of Christmas! One of our favorite activities is Truth in Tinsel. We did it together two years ago, and I am planning to do it again with my younger set of kids, too. I love how we can really dive into the true meaning of Christmas and keep it focused on Christ. Another tradition we have started this year is the Shepherd on the Search. My kids already love waking up to find our shepherd, Hamilton, every morning!
Find Free Activities to Do
Find free activities in your community. Many churches have Christmas festivals, your town may have a Christmas parade, and we make our Christmas magical with a trip to see the Christmas light display at a local park. It’s totally free! Go to the library and check out Christmas books. Watch Christmas movies on television. Bless others with random acts of kindness. Keep it simple, fun, and stress free this season!
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