I don’t know about you, but I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Christmas.
I love the excitement of Christmas parties, holidays away, Secret Santa gift exchanges, spending time with friends, gluttonous family meals, eating and drinking as much as I want, decorating the Christmas tree, and watching the look of excitement on my daughter’s face when she wakes up on Christmas morning…
You get the idea.
But all good things come at a price, and I absolutely loathe the craziness in the 2+ weeks before the big day.
I always struggle to find the perfect Holiday dress, the lead-up to my husband taking time off work is often more stressful than its worth, I can barely keep up with our social calendar, the idea of spending more than 5 minutes with my extended family makes me break out in hives, the excess calories I consume always do a number on my bum and thighs, the stress of tinkering with Christmas lights while decorating the tree always elevates my blood pressure, and don’t even get me started on the mall parking lot.
But since this is the first Christmas my daughter fully understands the concept of Christmas, I’m determined not to let trivial little things get in the way of making the whole experience as magical as possible for her, so I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve to help take the stress out of Christmas.
1. BUY GIFTS ONLINE
I’m determined to avoid the mall at all costs this December, so I cleared my calendar for November 15th, poured myself (several) glasses of white, and spent the evening searching for the perfect gifts for my closest family and friends online. It was the most enjoyable, stress-free evening I’ve had in a while, and for the first time in my life, I didn’t have to pay extra for shipping to ensure I received my selections in time for the holidays. And for those people I couldn’t find a decent present for, I opted for gifts cards. Soooo easy!
2. LEARN HOW TO SAY “NO”
While I enjoy getting together with friends and family during the holidays, I often find traveling from place to place to be too much, especially with a 3 y/o in tow. So rather than accepting every single invite that is thrown our way this year, my husband and I have decided we’re only going to accept the ones we really want (or need) to attend.
3. HIT THE GYM
One of my favorite parts of the Christmas holidays is indulging in as much food and booze as my body can handle, but once January 1st hits, the joy those Christmas cookies and mimosas brought me is immediately replaced with self-hatred. So I’ve added an extra workout to my weekly routine in preparation for all of the gluttony of December, and I plan to sneak in a workout as often as possible between Christmas and New Years. Wish me luck!
4. DRINK LOTS OF WINE
While I plan on being picky and choosy with our social commitments this Christmas, there are certain family members I simply will not be able to avoid. But rather than spending my time worrying about all of the horrible things they will inevitably say to me, my husband has graciously offered to be the designated driver for those social events so I can keep a steady stream of booze in my body. Have I told you how much I love him?
5. BUY A LED KEEPER
For as long as I can remember, the joy of decorating our Christmas tree has always been soured with the hassle of trying to find a string of lights that actually works. We must have 10 sets of lights in our storage locker, and since I barely have time pee these days, the idea of spending hours upon hours trying to figure out which light bulb is broken so I can salvage a pair of lights makes me want to put a fork in my eye.
And that’s why I (literally) jumped for joy when I had the chance to test out a LED Keeper last week.
Have you heard of it?
It’s the only kit available to diagnose and repair LED light sets, and I was pleasantly surprised at how fast and easy it was to use. In no time at all, my lights went from looking like this:
to looking like this:
(Yup. My 3 y/o and I decorated our dishwasher for this post.)
Pretty amazing right?!
I cannot say enough good things about this product. Not only is it fast and easy to use, but it also saves a ton of money on buying replacement lights each year. And since it’s not eco-friendly to toss lights, it’s also good for the environment! Oh, and did I mention there’s a version for incandescent lights called the Light Keeper Pro??! It’s true!
So before you buy your tree this year, head on over to UltaLit.com to find out where you can buy your LED Keeper or Light Keeper Pro, and watch the short instructional video below to find out just how easy it is to use!
How do YOU take the stress out of Christmas?
Oh, and before you go, did you know I have a Christmas board on Pinterest which is loaded with all sorts of awesomeness? It’s true! You can check it out below!