I may have mentioned before that I think I have a handle on how to have a stress-free Christmas. At least this year.
Perhaps a slightly longer explanation -- one that is a little more involved than what can fit on a yellow sticky note -- is in order.
Not only did we move 1600 miles away, but we simplified quite a bit this year. Not having much of a budget dictated many of our choices, but there were other conscious decisions that we made without the pressure of monetary demands.
* I decided not to bake this year. Gulp! I know!
I am still slightly freaking out about this decision. Every year I make a ton of cookies. There are two problems with that: 1. On Dec 26th we still have a ton of cookies laying around. And I eat nearly all of them. B. For days on end, I am making elaborate cookie platters instead of spending time with the chickadees.
I may still hop on over to the refrigerated section of our Wal-Marts to pick up a pre-made roll or two of the Pillsbury dough and let the kids go wild. Then again, I may not. Not doing cookies this year could earn me the meanest mom on the planet award. I am 95% sure that I am willing to take the chance.
We are going for stress-free, after all. Next year, we can re-evaluate.
* No teacher gifts for Christmas. I just heard a collective gasp from the world wide web. Take a deep breath . . . still with me? I decided to wait and give the teachers gifts when the kids go back to school. That way, I have a legitimate reason to hit up all the after Christmas sales. And it extends the gifting season just a bit longer for the teachers. Who says you can only show teacher appreciation on Christmas?
Stress free holiday, remember?
* I'm not hosting any parties. Some of you don't have this choice. I sympathize with you. Some of you love hosting. I
So, I am elated that extended family has reached out to us and invited us to their parties. I am glad to bring deviled eggs, goodies, scalloped potatoes or whathaveyou. As our friendships and work relationships grow in our new home state, that may change. I will roll with the strawberry-limeade sherbert punches.
Until then . . . I am totally taking advantage of the less stress options.
So, you may ask, what DID I do this Christmas if I didn't bake, didn't do Teacher Gifts and bought and wrapped fewer gifts? Stay tuned and I'll be happy to tell you.
What techniques have you employed for a more stress-free holiday?
Counting it all Christmassy joy,