I don’t know about you, but the one thing I don’t love about the holidays is all the stress trying to get everything done. With my personality, I just don’t handle stress well, so I made a decision a few years ago of simplifying Christmas. Have any of you ever done that? Before the holiday season begins, I sit down and make a list of what I want to do each year. That list can include mailing holiday cards, decorating, and gifts to give. It’s really helpful to start preparations early and makes the season so much more enjoyable. Sometimes I do all of it, and sometimes I’m more particular about what I’m going to do each year. Below I’m sharing ways I simplify Christmas to make it more enjoyable.
I used to be over-the-top as far as my decorating goes and had storage bins of “stuff” that I stored all year. When I moved into this little farmhouse where there’s very little storage (they didn’t have the same ideas about decorating 100 years ago), I decided to adapt to my circumstances. It’s been quite a relief to only use and store things I absolutely love, like my Christmas tree ornaments. For the rest of my decorating, I just use natural seasonal decor like fresh greenery. It’s definitely made my life easier because it doesn’t take me days and days to decorate.
I love to give and receive holiday cards, but some years it’s more doable than others. My goal is always to have them mailed by December 1st so there’s not additional stress at the last minute (if I choose to send them out, that is). I’ve done a few blog posts on some of our Christmas cards over the years. Look for a post next week on ways to personalize cards. In the meantime, you can find previous holiday card posts here and here.
Finally, gift giving can be challenging because we all want to share our love and appreciation to all the special people in our lives. It’s helpful to make a list of everyone you want to gift this year and what that item will be. If you shop early and plan ahead, it will be less stressful than trying to come up with ideas at the last minute. In Wilma Magazine’s Christmas issue, I share what I’m giving this year as part of my homemade Christmas. If you didn’t get your copy, there’s still a few available. I also share tips on decorating, baking, and ways to share the holiday spirit.
I’d love to hear how you tackle Christmas in your home.
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