Relax and enjoy the holidays with our ideas and essentials for the season.
The holiday season is upon us,
and for many people that means shopping, parties, and lots of house guests. We have helpful tips and tricks to help you navigate this hectic time of year and entertain in style.
1. Easy ways to decorate your home
2. Tips for entertaining prep and hosting essentials
3. Schedule time to relax and unwind
4. Find the best gifts without breaking the bank
Decorating Your Home
Cleaning up all of the holiday decorations can cause additional stress. Prevent the additional clutter by not going overboard with the decor this year.
Use what's on hand! Ribbons, wrapped gifts, poinsettias, pinecones, and more make beautiful decorations when displayed around your home. Scented candles help set the scene, too. Place them in a bathroom and you won't need any other decorations.
Hosting and entertaining are often the main causes of holiday stress. At the beginning of the season, do a deep clean and pay special attention to areas where guests will be, such as the entryway, guest bathroom, guest bedroom, and dining room.
Empty the hall closet so guests have a place to hang their coats (instead of piling them on a bed or armchair). Stock the guest bathroom with extra hand soap, towels, and toilet paper.
If you're hosting a party or holiday meal, pick out your favorite serving pieces before the season starts. Gather them in a spot you'll remember so they'll be readily available.
With so much activity happening around you it's easy to forget about making time for yourself. Be sure to pencil in a moment to unwind after the house is clean and before your guests arrive. Then you'll be ready to enjoy all the holiday festivities planned!
Schedule your down time like any other item on your to-do list. Draw a bath, pour yourself a glass of eggnog, and put your favorite Christmas album on repeat. What better way to unwind than with the sounds of the season?
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Make a plan, write a list, and set a budget. A little prep before starting holiday shopping will save you hours of time searching for the perfect gift. Overspending during the holidays adds to stress for many people, so set a realistic budget and stick to it.
Stock up on gift wrapping essentials, like paper, tape, and ribbon, at the beginning of the season. When shopping, check websites and ask stores if they offer gift wrapping to save you time. Many shopping centers have gift wrapping stations that donate their proceeds to charity.