CHRISTMAS: A CHRISTMAS list to reduce stress

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The holiday season is often accompanied by worries about not being ready in time. As the festive season is approaching fast, here is a list for those in charge of organizing Christmas. It will help you make sure everything goes off without a hitch.

  1. Establish your budget.
    This is always a good starting point. It feels awful to regret all your spending once the holidays are past.
  2. Create checklists.
    Plan your menus, gifts, indoor and outdoor decorations, and schedule your beauty appointments well in advance.
  3. Set your tasks.
    Each of the previous lists brings its own share of things to do, so it is important to list them clearly along with a time frame in which to do them.
  4. Spread out the tasks.
    Note on a calendar or in your smartphone agenda all things to do each day, as this will give you a better overview. It will also be easier to add an item to the list or delete completed tasks (yay!), so that you do not forget anything.
  5. Delegate.
    Some tasks can even be as­signed to the children. You will be surprised at their creativity!
  6. Get organized in advance.
    Some things can be done well before Christmas. Think about preparing and make-ahead dishes that can be frozen until the party or Christmas dinner. Doing this will allow you to relax a bit during the party!
  7. Buy your gifts before the last minute rush.
    Shopping on December 23 is just an invitation to stress. So start shopping in late November or early December. If that is truly impossible, bear in mind that shopping malls are less crowded early in the week.

Taking the time to get organized will give you the inspiration to create some unforgettable moments for you and your loved ones this holiday season.

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