Parents Helping Parents of Wyoming State Parenting Center

December 1, and the countdown begins!  I can’t get everything done I am stressing, and Christmas is supposed to be fun.  What can I do?  Don’t feel alone, according to About.com  80% of their readers feel the same way.  What can we do to relieve some stress, to bring the Happy back to Happy Holidays?

Here are some tips to maybe help:

Don’t try to make everything “perfect”.  As parents, moms especially, we want our children to experience the perfect holiday.  Let’s be honest, does your child really care that all of the packages are wrapped in matching paper and bows.  Do all of the candy canes have to face the same way?  Decide a couple of things that are really important to you and stick to perfecting those items.

Use shortcuts.  Simplify experiences that you want to include in your celebrations .  Want to still send Christmas cards?  Try sending e-cards that can be sent out all together.  Want to host a holiday party?  Consider hiring help (catering, cleaning, etc) or make it a potluck.

Make a plan.  Does spending too much cause your stress?  Make a budget and stick to it.  Do you and your spouse disagree about where to spend the holidays?  Make a plan well ahead of time, so everyone knows what to expect.

Just say NO!  This is a hard one!  Who wants to miss out on anything this time of year??  But, we really don’t need to attend  everything we are invited to, every activity in the community.  Once again, make a plan and choose what is really special to you.

Hopefully these ideas will give you a few strategies to make yours a Holly Jolly Christmas/ Hanukkah/ Kwanzaa/ Celebration!

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Comments on: "ARRGGHH, Help Me!" (5)

  1. Blanca Moye said:

    If everyone starts Christmas list, at least three to four months before, will help to save time and money. Also to have Christmas cards ready two months before, will help to send it on time, and also enjoy the time with family and friends needs to be a priority in things to do list.

  2. Erin Swilling said:

    Every year I fell like I have plenty of time to get everything done and then I realize I don’t! I’ve decided after many years of this to just do what I can, enjoy the moments, let the people in my life know how much the mean and try again next year.

  3. WOW, just plan ahead and the stress will be so much less. Don’t try to outdo the other families. As kids go into adulthood, they remember the simplier Christmas memories. Not so much what they received but the family involvement. My kids tell a story where we did not have regular Christmas dinner, instead volunteered at the Salvation Army and came home and had frozen pizza. It’s great to hear that story whenever we get together ……..Jan

  4. Janet Kinstetter said:

    Some of my friends are donating to their favorite charities this year instead of buying presents. As one friend put it, “Why buy more junk that we don’t want or need.” This, to me is a great way to simplify the season to concentrate on what is the true meaning of Christmas.

  5. Parent 2 said:

    Last year I tried to simplify by purchasing most of our presents online way in advance. This didn’t work out great because most of the things I ordered ended up being lower quality than they seemed in a picture. This year I reduced my holiday stress by buying everything in Oct-Nov, and I bought them all locally. So far, so good.

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