Top Tips to get You Ready for the Holidays

By Hand On The Hip - 11/26/2019

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The holidays are on their way! With the festive season just around the corner, now is the perfect time to pause for a while, take a deep breath and prepare yourself for the hectic time to come! If each year November and December are spent caught up in a whirlwind of holiday preparations then now is the time to re-organize things a little. While the buzz of the holiday season comes from the excitement and busyness of this time of year, you don't want to drain yourself trying to keep up. Doing too much can leave you feeling run down and lacking in energy, it can also mean that you miss out on much of the fun of the season.

Stopping for a moment and planning how to get organized for the holidays is an excellent way to make sure that you enjoy this time of year. Knowing that everything is under control can allow you to kick back and enjoy what the season is all about, instead of getting caught up in the festive panic. Here are some top tips to help you get organized, stay healthy and have the best holidays ever:

Reassess Your Priorities

Are you the person that says 'yes' to everything? If so, now is the time to re-think that strategy. The chances are that when you say yes all the time people take you for granted, and you wind up doing things that you don't particularly want to. Being kind and helpful are positive traits to have, but make sure that you take care of yourself too.

Before you say yes to hosting that event or taking care of your neighbour's dog over Christmas, take a breath. Think to yourself, do I want to do this, is this too much for me to take on? Don't feel pressured to do everything on your own without asking for help; this can leave you inwardly seething and unhappy over the holidays.

Stay Healthy

All the delicious meals, party food, and tasty treats that you eat over the holidays can take their toll and may leave you feeling bloated and suffering from indigestion and heartburn. Don't let these symptoms ruin this special time of the year. Instead, make sure that you have the right remedies on hand to help relieve the discomfort. Before the festivities, make sure that you have heartburn products in your medicine cabinet so that heartburn symptoms can be eased quickly without you missing out on any of the fun.

The build-up to the holidays can be an incredibly hectic time. Lots of rushing around and feeling stressed can leave you feeling run-down, so make sure that you are taking care of yourself. Make looking after yourself a priority, as you don't want to have a rubbish Christmas day simply because you have burnt yourself out.

If you are feeling run down, make an extra effort to get more sleep, and eat more nourishing foods. Snuggle up on the sofa and watch some Christmas movies to recharge your batteries, and relax your mind.

Perfect Presents

It is so easy to get lost in the commercial side of Christmas and forget its true meaning. Nowadays, everyone is under so much pressure to buy the latest gadgets or this year's must-have toys for the kids. Don't be swept up by the power of all the advertising. The majority of people would prefer a gift that has a meaningful sentiment behind it, and this is certainly preferable to draining your bank balance in the quest for the 'perfect' presents.

There are a couple of ways that you can make Christmas far less stressful for both yourself and your wallet. If you have a large family, you may prefer to go for the Secret Santa option, which is often a lot of fun. Get everyone to take a name from a hat and then buy a gift for that person. Don't forget to set a spending limit that is affordable for everyone; the spending limit means that you need to get a lot more creative with your present ideas, which can mean some funny gifts are given out!

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If you are the creative type, why not make some gifts for Christmas this year? Making a gift shows that you have put plenty of thought and lots of effort into creating the present, and makes it all the more meaningful. Depending on your skills, you could knit a scarf, make some fudge, or paint a picture for the special people in your life. Alternatively, you could buy a kit that provides the equipment and materials for making items such as candles, bath bombs or soaps. Next, wrap them up in some pretty packaging, and you have created your very own gorgeous gifts.

Ready for Guests

Christmas is all about spending time with the people that you love and enjoying each other's company. This means that you are probably going to find yourself at plenty of dinners, get-togethers, and parties this festive season. Make sure you write all the dates for your social engagements on your planner so that you don't forget which date your guests were due to visit.

If you have friends or family planning to stay with you for the holidays, it is a good idea to get prepared for their arrival as early as you can. Anything that will save you some precious time is a positive move, and you will appreciate it when your guests arrive, and you aren't panicking to get everything ready for them. Get your guest room ready a few days before they are due to arrive so that you simply need to air it and have a quick clean on the morning of their arrival.

Don't forget to stock up on tasty food and drinks for your guests to enjoy. Preparing food in advance is a good idea so that you can then spend time surrounded by the people that you care about rather than being stuck in the kitchen cooking.

P.S. This post is a collaborative post and not written by Hand On The Hip.

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