By Joanne Rosa
Society puts a lot of pressure on us to make sure everything is perfect for the holidays. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but also one of the most stressful and overwhelming.
We’re going to do our best to make things easier for you. This is how to handle the holiday hustle like a pro (AKA Santa himself).
First of all, it’s not a race. You’re probably saving all of about five minutes by driving around like a maniac, and running around stores like they’re about to close. The truth is, a rushed job is usually when things are overlooked. Take time to make everything right, and it will save you from tense shoulders too.
You’re Not the Only One With Things to Do
Understand this: you and almost every other grown adult in America is trying to get everything together in time for the holidays. If someone is rude and unpleasant, don’t be so vain as to think it’s a personal attack against you. It’s not. People are troubled this time of year and take it out on anyone around them. Do yourself a favor and don’t waste your breath on other stressed people. Just focus on yourself.
Accept Fantasy V. Reality
TV commercials, Hallmark movies, and children’s books have distorted our idea of what the real world is like. Believe me you, the imperfection of it all is what makes this time of year special. Instead of striving for the perfect tree, the perfect dinner, and the perfect gifts, crack open a chestnut by the open fire. Stop trying to control everything and take time to enjoy the moment – and embrace your quirky and nutty family and friends
Don’t Frown Because You’re Single
Ho, ho, how you doin? If you feel like you need a significant other to enjoy the holidays or keep you warm on a cold snowy night, then you’re not ready to be with someone. It’s as simple as that. Cuffing season is overrated, just like the holidays. So, don’t sweat it; welcome it.
You Don’t Have to See Everyone on the Actual Holiday
Listen, there are too many people in our lives to be able to see everyone. If you’re able to swing it (without driving yourself crazy), then great. Good for you. You have bragging right now that you got to see everyone you wanted to. However, for those of us that don’t want to spend the majority of the day on planes, trains, and automobiles, take a seat. Be realistic and don’t over schedule yourself.
Gifts are Just Gifts
Oh yes, we saved the best for last. Giving presents is probably the most stressful time of all, but also maybe the most important, symbolically speaking. There probably is not enough money in the world to get a gift for everyone on your list. Seriously, don’t make yourself crazy over it. Always include a gift receipt. For friends and co-workers, think on the smaller spectrum, or consider letting loose a little bit and have a night out to celebrate your friendship. Your thought and your presence is a gift.