4 Steps for Having a Chill Holiday Season

By: Krishna K. As Christmas rolls around, people tend to get more stressed, more frazzled and more flustered than the average time of year. Here are some tips to help you keep your cool this holiday season. Gifts

  • Before buying any presents, make a checklist of people who you need to shop for. Next to their name, write what you plan on buying and how much money you intend on spending. After you make a list, look around your house for any unused gifts that you have that you don’t plan on using. Delegate these gifts to people if they match your description of what you planned on buying, or keep them as extras, just incase you forget someone.
  • When shopping for gifts, try to look for sales, for example buy one get one or use coupons that can be found on websites such as http://www.savealoonie.com/print-coupons/alberta-coupons/ Using coupons and deals can save money during the holiday season.
  • Christmas should not be about buying gifts for people, it is more about spending quality time with friends and family.

Decorating

  • If you have a busy schedule like most families at this time of year, plan to decorate in chunks. In the third week of November, you should set up your Christmas lights, and the rest of the outside decorations in the middle of December. You could put up your tree during the second week of December because it is not too early and not too late. Any other decorating should be spread throughout December.
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Holiday Snacks

  • Holiday snacks (cookies, cupcakes, etc.) are something that take a lot of time and effort. If you are a person who bakes a lot throughout the holiday season, you should spread out the times you are planning to bake. Cookies, for example, can be made in advance. Cookie dough can be frozen for a couple of months, so if you have time in October or November, you can make the dough and bake the cookies a couple of days before they are needed.

Holiday Songs

  • During the holidays, Christmas carols are played on repeat from the beginning of December. If you are one of those people who doesn’t like Christmas music, here are some alternative solutions for finding music that doesn’t have to do with the holidays. Songza (songza.com) is a good website for finding any genre of music at anytime of the year. You can sync your Facebook to Songza to see what your friends are listening to and Songza is free as well! MTV (mtv.ca) also has tons of free music you can listen to.
  • If you are one of those people who love Christmas music, but just can’t remember any of the lyrics, these are the websites for you! http://www.41051.com/xmaslyrics/ has a large selection of Christmas carols with printable lyrics and http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/c/christmas_songs/ has lyrics to tons of carols and lyrics to other genres of music as well.
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