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5 Simple Tips to Stay Sane this Christmas

Wednesday, December 13, 2017



If I could I would hand you a hot cup of something (I prefer water, yes I know #oldlady) and give you a hug while I turn on the Christmas tunes because it really is the most wonderful time of the year even if we feel slightly crazy!

I was talking with my dear friend the other day and she mentioned she feels bad about herself because she doesn't have everything purchased and wrapped by early December.  It's so hard to not go crazy comparing, let alone getting everything done.  I am sharing 5 tips that keep me from going totally crazy at Christmas.   Friends who can encourage you is not included on the list, but a given! Amen?



1.  Make a Master To Do List

I don't know about you but sometimes I get so overwhelmed by all the things that need to get done ON TOP of all the normal stuff, you know like clean undies and dishes.  You will feel so much better once your brain dumps it out on paper and you can see it all.

It's never too late to start and write a few things you have already done so you can get the sudden sensation of crossing something off that list!  Make sure if your kids can see your list, you watch you write.  #takeitfromme



2.  Do a Christmas Morning Dress Rehearsal

There is nothing worse than realizing you need batteries #beenthere or you don't have enough for one kid's stocking.  Lay it all out and check your list twice.  I even like to place all the stocking items in the stocking just to see that it all fits.  Then I place all the items in a grocery sack and write each kid's name on it so that on Christmas Eve, all I have to do is stuff and know I have everything I need.

Also, some toys take forever to put together (I am looking at you play kitchen) so if you can plan ahead to have that built and ready to go, you will thank yourself.



3.  Do a Little Every Day

As you get deliveries, open up the boxes and place everything where it goes.  Wrap the items you can.  My favorite hiding spot for Christmas presents is in the empty Christmas decor bins in my basement storage room.

Check your master to do list and pick a few things everyday to do.  If you are making a dish for one event, think can I make 2 and plan ahead for Christmas.  I just made a quiche for a neighborhood lady get together and made an extra for Christmas morning.  Now all I have to do is rewarm it Christmas morning.




I love having my gift wrap at my disposal in my front entry dresser.  I have tape, scissors, tissue paper and tags all there so it's easy to wrap a gift right when I get it.



4.  It's Ok to Say No

I wrote a guest post on my friend Sarah's blog.  (You can read it here)  I also shared my thoughts on saying no this Christmas on Facebook live.  My biggest takeaway is that saying no this season doesn't mean no forever.  Maybe, it's just not the year for Christmas cards or you can't attend that charity Christmas party.  It's okay to say no so that you can say to the best stuff this season!






5.  Give Yourself Grace

My other encouragement is that "some" is the name of my game this year.  Our Elf is lazy and we have not gotten to our evening devotion more times than we have. We even missed a few of our 25 days of activities because LIFE.  It's okay.  Some is better than none!  


So there you have it.  Do a little planning, do a little something everyday, don't be afraid to say no and give yourself grace.  After all, the very reason we celebrate the season is our Savior.  The one who gave us ultimate grace!  If you have lost your Christmas spirit, you aren't alone, read this post.



Until next time, keep on keeping on with an intentional, joyful, faith-filled life.  #tribekoko

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11 comments on "5 Simple Tips to Stay Sane this Christmas"
  1. Great post friend! Too often I get most stressed when I try to do it all!

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  2. Friends who encourage you – all the yes! And Amen. That’s why I adore you and following you! You are one of the biggest encouragers that I know and you bring so much joy to my life. These are great tips! I’ve been practicing the “doing a little bit every day” method this month and giving myself grace in the knowing I can’t do it all.

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  3. I say no to so much more this time of year because it want to focus on the important parts of the holiday and not over do it for myself or my family.

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  4. LOVE your idea of hiding your gifts in the empty decor bins. Genious! No one EVER looks in those bins, even when I ask for help decorating! Happy holidays!

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  5. This is a great list. I need to do a stocking check and I need to start wrapping at night so it doesn't all pile up!

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  6. Saying no and lots of grace are HUGE!!! I think I am all ready, finally. I even have all the presents wrapped. Last year I was wrapping on Christmas Eve so being done extra early this year was a MUST!

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  7. Such good advice!! Love your idea to do a little every day and to do a dress rehearsal so you are prepared. Last year my husband had to make an emergency late night battery run. We'd forgotten to get batteries for my daughter's big gift. Whoops! I need to make sure I have all my gifts and then start wrapping. I've been saving my amazon boxes so all my gifts will be easier to wrap this year.

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  8. Yes to all of these! I'm trying to do a little every day to help and I need to pick a night to take everything out and count and make sure I have even number of presents!

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  9. What a great list Erin and speaking of lists, I have always operated by a list and I find I'm so much more productive that way. And, it keeps me on track and serves as a guide. I had to say no to quite a few things this year. Things that I have done for years but my husband has been having cataract surgery the past 3 weeks and we have been back and forth to Dr. appointments way more than either of us care to be. But, it is what it is and it has worked because I removed everything else from my list except preparing for our daughter's arrival on Sunday. Blessings my dear!

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  10. Oh Erin! My cup overflows with love for you! This just may not be the year for Christmas cards for us and this post came to me at the perfect time! I have been feeling guilty about not getting that off of my to-do list, and stressing out about it. Although, I LOVE Christmas Cards, yours made me cry tears of joy! I love you and your encouraging heart!

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