Checkmark made in a checkbox with a black pen on a sheet of white paper.

The holidays are quickly approaching… next week brings Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah, and just a month later, Christmas. Time is quickly passing by, and the self-imposed pressures of the holidays are quickly mounting. I’m not sure why, but I seem to book travel leading up to the holidays, which results in even less time to ready, and even more stress to get everything done. Here’s how I’m curing my holiday problems…

Making a list…

I’m a list maker: grocery lists, packing lists, chore lists. It’s no wonder, then, that I make lists for the holidays, too. I’ve yet to make out the card list, and our gift list is half-way done – we have names, but haven’t listed gifts yet for everyone. This can be one of the most challenging parts of the holidays – what to give loved ones. I’m not a fan of buying a gift just to give one, but rather finding the perfect gift for each person. Chatting with my sister last week, I realized that gifts don’t need to be materialistic. Rather, some of those on my list this year will receive experiences, or gifts made in their names to charities that fit their interests.


…and checking it twice

My husband and I have a plan to get nearly all of our gifts to their recipients without having to mail too much. Fortunately, others will be traveling, too, and we’ll see a lot of family between now and the end of the year. Our plan is to have everything ready and wrapped so that we can deliver in-person and they can take home with them. Don’t get me wrong – we’re avid supporters of the US Post Office, just not spending another bucket of money on shipping. Besides, gift giving in person is such fun! And we’ll be mailing loads of cards!

A little me time

It’s easy to get wrapped up (pun intended!) in preparing for the holidays, and to neglect ‘me time.’ Instead, I’ll be even more conscious of making sure I take some time to take care of myself. I’ll be diligent to get to the gym to keep those holiday pounds at bay so I don’t go into the New Year disappointed. Of course, a mani/pedi helps wash away any holiday stress, so I’m sure that’ll happen too, in festive holiday colors.

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What holiday problems do you encounter at this time of year?