Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and my neighbors have already put up their Christmas lights…must be time to start talking about holiday stress! In an effort to help all of us manage the expectations, pitfalls and joys of this year in an effective way, I am going to offer up a bunch of posts over the next 6 weeks on how to cope with holiday stress. Here’s my first tip:
Start planning for Christmas now.
No, you don’t have to start playing Christmas carols, but coming up with an idea of what and when you might get things done is a great idea. By my count there are 7 weekends between now and Christmas (and one of those is Thanksgiving weekend) which means we have plenty of time to do things like:
- go to parties
- host a party
- wrap gifts
- send cards
- make plans to get out of town
- whatever else is part of your holiday tradition
So pull out your calendar and see what you can get scheduled. You will thank yourself in a month!