We all know the Holidays come every year and what time……so why wait until the last moment?
I learned years ago some helpful things to help destress my holidays. I use to work in retail and I know all too well about Black Friday. We use to get cussed out, blessed out and more for things that we had no control over. I promised myself that if I ever got out of retail that I would never ever get out on that day and shop. So that started my journey of finding ways to make my holidays easier. I have kept that promise all these years.
Number one thing I learned was to start early. We have a birthday, anniversary and Christmas all in the same week.
I know alot of people wait until Black Friday to do ALL their shopping. I guess I just never understood getting up way before the crack of dawn, even camping out in cold weather the night before, waiting in lines for hours, fighting, etc. A $10 crockpot is not worth it to me. We always start early. Here is an idea. We have a whole year to know who we are going to buy for and what they like or want. Catch these things when they go on sale throughout the year. I know alot of things are around the same price sometimes throughout the year as they are on Black Friday. That’s my experience from working retail all those years. Once a month pick up one or two gifts and put them up. Go ahead and wrap them if you want to and make a list of what they are. Wholah!
We all know there is going to be alot of meals around the holidays too. I start around the first part of November preparing dishes for Thanksgiving and freezing them. I will do a few dishes a week so I’m not having to go grocery shopping all at once and spending lots of money. I will do the same thing for Christmas dinners as well. I have two houses and church dinners to cook for. Sometimes I might cook the same dish for the same houses and just make double batches. The night before, I will take them of the freezer and let them defrost overnight. The next morning I will finish prepping and place in the oven to just heat up a little.
This helps me out so much and I’m not spending one whole day in the kitchen cooking and exhausting my self so much that I can’t enjoy my time with family and friends.
This is a few things that has helped me and our family and it has worked great for us.
I hope these ideas help some of ya’ll to help destress your holidays too.