My One Word Secret to a Stress-Free December
And just like that – the calendar page turns and Christmas is right around the corner.
If I’m being real, it wasn’t too long ago that the imminent arrival of Christmas struck fear in my heart. My theme song for the holiday season wasn’t as much “Joy to the World”as it was “Blue Christmas”. As hard as I tried to do Christmas well, the stress of the season overshadowed the joy I knew I was supposed to feel.
Then there was that year that I cried on Christmas and everything changed. I knew there had to be a better way.
Then I stumbled upon something that finally allowed me to participate in the wonder of the holiday season just like my children do. And I’m about to share it with you.
Are you ready? My secret to a stress-free December is:
I used to be the one declaring that the word “Christmas” should not escape our lips until 12:01 am on the day after Thanksgiving and not a second sooner. And I still hold back from starting any Christmas traditions with my kids until then.
But now November is my month. I grab my To Do list and knock out as much Christmas prep as possible. All in the hopes that I can actually savor the Advent season.
There are three parts to my strategy:
1. 20 Minute Missions.
Each day in November, I tackle an item on my To Do list for 20 minutes.
2. Shopping Complete by December 1st.
Sound crazy? Maybe, but it sure beats fighting the masses on Christmas Eve – as I’ve been known to do a time or two before. I’ve found that crossing this off my To Do list in November has allowed me SO much more time to partake in the wonder of the Christmas season in December.
3. Wrapping it Up.
Gone are the days of staying up all hours of the night the week before Christmas to finish wrapping all. those. presents.My goal is to wrap all my gifts during the month of November.
Is a Stress-Free December Even Possible?
Of course, is there still a chance that there will be some stress in December? Sure. Christmas has a way of making us long for perfection – and when we don’t find it, stress is sure to pop up its ugly head. But, I promise – if you’ll tackle November with me like this, you’ll be singing “Joy to the World” all December long! And I’ll be singing along.
So what do you think? Are you ready to take the November Challenge with me? Click here to find out more.