Three ideas to make Christmas less stressful

Three ideas to make Christmas less stressful via www.clairekcreations.com

Three ideas to make Christmas less stressful via www.clairekcreations.com

Christmas is meant to be a joyful and exciting time of year right?  

I LOVE Christmas but, as a mum, it can be, ok it usually is, pretty stressful!

Over the years, I’ve come up with quite a few ways to make it less stressful and more enjoyable and I’m going to share three of them.

Three of the things that I do every year to make Christmas easier so that the lead up is not so stressful.

Three things to help me to actually enjoy the celebrations and wake up on Christmas morning not being a stress ball.

Three ideas to make Christmas less stressful

GENERIC GIFTS

Make a stack of generic gifts. By generic gifts I mean a present that great for a whole lot of different people.

They’re perfect for if you forget someone, don’t know what to give someone or as a hostess gift.

My favourite of course is food. Is there anyone who doesn’t like to be gifted something delicious?  

You can of course by some fancy food goodies but of course I like to make them.

Here are some ideas for homemade:

The key rules for generic homemade gifts are:

  • Make sure they are items that will keep for a while so you can have them on hand from early December.
  • Make sure items don’t need refrigeration.
  • Make sure they’re things that YOU like in case you’re left with some after Christmas.

ONE TYPE OF WRAPPING

Using just one type of wrapping for Christmas presents makes gift giving and wrapping so much easier.

My super tip is to use one plain type of paper all year round and then dress it up for the occasion.

I use a giant roll of craft paper for all my gift wrapping. For Christmas, I mix it up with a themed ribbon (usually something that can be used for other occasions too though) and gift tag (which I usually make) and voila!

I love this for a few reasons:

  • No running out of Christmas wrapping and having to battle the crowds at the last minute.
  • I’m not left with Christmas wrapping after Christmas. I’m not one to use the same wrapping theme two years running so this is a no no for me. Yes I theme my wrapping each year.

Here are some ideas for gift tags that I’ve made in the past:

Three ideas to make Christmas less stressful via www.clairekcreations.com

STOCK THE FREEZER

My final tip is to stock the freezer with a few emergency meals. In the lead up to Christmas, you want to be able to say yes to spontaneous invitations and doing fun things with the family and not have to worry about dinner.

Plus, it’s rather nice to have a few nights off cooking at this time of year too.

Whether you make a few meals in bulk and pop them in the freezer or buy some freezer-friendly meals, the key is picking thing that just need to be whacked in the microwave or oven.

The slow cooker is my best friend when it come to making freezer meals in bulk. You can grab a copy of my free slow cooker eBook here.

Here’s to a stress-free Christmas!

 

P.s. If you’re really freaking out about Christmas, check out my Stress-free Christmas Workshop. I’ll be sharing more of my tips for making it stress-free and also teaching you how I plan for the big day and the lead up. Read more here.

P.p.s If you’re looking for some gift inspiration – have a peek at my Christmas gift guides.

2 Comments

  • Andreya

    Reply Reply November 17, 2017

    Nice tips you shared which will really helpful to celebrate Christmas with less stress. Thank you. Advance Merry Christmas 🙂

    • Claire

      Reply Reply November 22, 2017

      Merry Christmas to you too!

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