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3 Ways to Make Your Holiday Season Less Stressful

With each flip of the calendar, it often seems like the holidays arrive earlier than you expect — and, when it comes to enjoying this festive time of the year, no one wants to get behind the eight ball.

Our jobs, family duties, and other life commitments can easily take precedence over preparing for the holiday season. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, these holidays are meant to be enjoyed with family, along with some great food, gift exchanges, and more.

Here are three ways to make the holidays less stressful for you and your family.

1. Keep a Year-Round Gift List

Just like Santa keeps track of who’s naughty and nice, you can add to your gift list throughout the year to make gift-buying simpler and more enjoyable. Of course, it’s much easier to pick out gifts for your kids, grandchildren, and parents when you give yourself a head start and aren’t waiting until the last minute. To that end, keep a folder open in your smartphone’s notes app. When inspiration hits you like an incoming snowball, write down the gift idea so that it’s locked away. Then, in the lead-up to the holiday season, you can refer to your handy list of ideas and buy the perfect gifts.

2. Shop Early for the Perfect Holiday Cards

For many people, sending holiday cards is a time-honored tradition, but it can also be one of the most demanding aspects of the season. Indeed, finding the perfect cards with a meaningful design and wording can be difficult, especially when you come across options in retail stores that more or less all look the same. Want to cross this item off your to-do list quickly and seamlessly? To help focus on other holiday needs, start searching online for the perfect Christmas and New Year’s photo cards. Help friends and family ring in 2022 in style with a creative, fun, and memorable New Year’s card.

3. Set Spending Limits

It’s easy to get carried away with gift-giving and think you need to buy countless presents for those near and dear to you. To reduce the risk of overspending, create and stick to a reasonable budget that will allow you to buy gifts for everyone on your list. Doing so will help you avoid any last-minute impulse shopping that you might later regret. For starters, it makes sense to jot down a list of gifts and then look up prices online and add up the costs. If you’re at or near your spending limit, you may to rethink which items you can purchase and which should be left on the shelf.

To Sum Things Up

Of course, everyone wants the holiday season to be as stress-free as possible. Yes, some people must travel long distances and stress over what gifts to buy, but in the end, the holiday season is about giving. The key to happiness is to give more than you prefer to receive. Because, in the future, to make the world a brighter place, it needs more people who are willing to give a piece of themselves to others who need it.

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