December, for most, clocks in as one of the most stressful months of year. With Christmas dominating everything from our to-do lists to the radio stations, it can prove difficult to manage holiday stress. But, a detailed December plan you can take the pressure off, because the simple act of doing the right thing on the right day can work wonders for your holiday stress management endeavor.
3: This is the perfect day to decorate. Itís still early in the month, so you are less likely to have something going on. Decorating day is such an enjoyable part of the Christmas experience, but if you have something else that pressing to do, which is more likely later in the month; then you donít fully enjoy the experience. By decorating early, one of the largest tasks will be done and you will have the whole month to enjoy the festive dťcor!
7: Get organized for the big day. Nail down the Christmas dinner menu, make the shopping list, order the turkey; and breathe easy knowing that yet another important task has been organized.
10: Pick out the tree. The rest of the house will be decorated, so youíll know your color scheme. And seeing as its still early, the selection of trees will still be plentiful.
11: Trim the tree and decorate it. The best time to decorate a tree is on a weekend, as it tends to be less stressful than attempting to decorate during the week with school, work, and dinner and after school activities on your pressing to do list.
15: With parties, decorating, planning and shopping, the days seem to become shorter because we become engulfed in yuletide activities. But take one day to do nothing. Take this day to enjoy what youíve accomplished so far.
17: Finish shopping.Youíll be glad you did. Having to navigate through an overcrowded mall full of last minute shoppers is a surefire way to up your stress levels and sap Christmas cheer. Leave the last minute stuff for the people who didnít plan ahead, and this year, that isnít you!
22: Thaw the turkey. Do NOT wait until the 24th to thaw the turkey; the 24th is reserved for brining the bird and getting mise en place together. Make sure the turkey is thawed and ready to go; youíll save yourself the headache of trying to prep a half frozen bird.
25: Merry Christmas! If you have any travel plans, take advantage of empty airports. Christmas day is one of the best days to travel if you want to avoid crowds. And since it such a low travel day, youíre likely to get a deal on your flight!
28: Boxing Day is now Boxing week, so avoid the hoards of people and wait until the 28th to do your post Christmas shopping. Quite often the sales get better as the week progresses!
Christmas should be a time of happiness and cheer; but in todayís fast paced world, Christmas can feel like yet another thing to do. By having a plan, you are able to de stress the season and enjoy it the way it was meant to be enjoyed!
Bianca Osbourne is a freelance writer and natural foods chef. She writes and educates passionately about diets for skincare; with a focus on the best acne skincare treatments found in the foods we eat.
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