This time of year can be stressful for anyone. Whether it is caused by money issues, time constraints, or even the gloomy weather, December is a hard month for a lot of people. Here are a few ways to enjoy the season:
- Plan ahead.
It’s a cliche for a reason; planning ahead really is the easiest way to ensure you aren’t scrambling at the last minute for gifts. Designate a closet in your house as off-limits to your family members, and stash your finds there throughout the year. Wrap them up to keep prying eyes from ruining any surprises--but make sure they are labelled! Keep a list of the gift, recipient, and how much was spent in a safe place so that you can stay on top of both your budget and your gift lists.
We love Asana--it is password protected, you can share “projects” with others (like your spouse or siblings), and it keeps all of your lists in one handy place!
- Host a potluck dinner.
Don’t feel like you have to put on an elaborate 12 course meal on Christmas night! If you are inviting friends or family from outside of your home, ask that they bring their favorite side dish or dessert. Not only does this allow you to focus on the main event--the turkey!--this also exposes your family to the traditions of others.
Need some inspiration? Check out Martha Stewart’s easy and tasty side dish ideas!
- Make it a handmade holiday.
Tired of being told what to buy for someone? Or maybe you just want to find something special and unique for the people on your gift list? Go handmade! Whether you make gifts yourself, or you support a local handmade business, you know you will be giving your loved ones something from the heart, rather than the newest fad toy or another video game.
- Get away!
Whether you opt for a staycation in a local hotel (we happen to know a fantastic one!), drive to the mountains for a weekend, would rather spend a week at a beach--the best part of the holidays is spending quality time with your loved ones.
Don’t take a chance by waiting for a last minute deal--over the busy holiday season, book ahead to make sure you get exactly the vacation you want!
- Get in the spirit!
There are tons of fun activities happening in and around Edmonton during the holiday season--some are even free! So bundle up, grab your hot chocolate, and go make some memories this season!
Not sure what is going on? Check out City and Baby’s post 25 Christmas Events for Families in the Edmonton Region, and start your planning!
Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments!
Image by Kasia Sokulska