Holiday Stress


I love Christmas, it’s by far my favorite holiday. I start decorating right after Halloween! Yet it seems like I’m still always rushing. I always tell myself I will start planning a little bit throughout the year to avoid this. I’d much rather have everything done by December so December I can watch holiday movies, drink hot chocolate, and just enjoy the season. Yet every year I get busy and forget this plan.

I make all of our cards and they still aren’t done. I haven’t baked a single holiday treat. I have made hot chocolate a few times but that’s it. I only put lights on my porch, I still need to put the lights up in my office, and I still have a couple of gifts to buy. I also haven’t made a single handmade gift this year. This does overwhelm me at times and make me a bit sad but I’m trying to relax and just do what I can. This is not easy for the type of person I am, ha.

Tomorrow my parents, brother, his girlfriend, my husband and I are going to Oklahoma City for our family Christmas gift from last year! We are barely getting it in before this Christmas. How has everyone gotten so busy? Is it just me that feels like everyone has gotten more busy and stressed? Have we lost sight of what’s important? I’m as guilty as the next person. I stress about getting housework done, I spend too much time on social media, etc…

So my cards may not all be right on time, I may not get all the lights up this year, there may be dishes in the sink, I may not bake a dozen different treats, I may not make dozens of Pinterest inspired gifts but if I slow down, watch some of my favorite Christmas movies with a cup of hot chocolate, spent time with my family and friends, and just take in the season, it will be a wonderful Christmas. Perfection is not possible, happiness is.

So I want to know, are you stressed about the holidays? Do you have a plan to help yourself stop stressing? And on a happy note, what’s your favorite thing about the holiday season? Share below or on Facebook.


  1. says

    I’m in the same boat. We finally got our tree up last night and it’s lit but I still have to decorate it and the rest of the house. Gift shopping is about 90-95% done but nothing is wrapped. My Christmas letter is only about half done. Still, I’m sure if I really focus this week I can get it all done and still make time for a drive through the park to see the lights and a Christmas movie. I’m using my timer to control my social media use this week which should help tremendously.

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