While people love to see their friends and family during the holiday season, stress is an all-too-common part of the festivities. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to reduce such stress – especially for those hosting holiday get togethers at their homes.
Perhaps the best place to start with preparing for the holiday season is with something that can happen right now, a few weeks in advance. Planning as far in advance as possible can go a long way toward helping to stay on track. For instance, setting a budget for holiday gift shopping will really reduce financial stress, and simultaneously help people feel as though they have a good handle on meeting goals they know about in advance.
How To Handle Spending
Make a definitive list before purchasing party items is always a good move. By doing so, you can help to get a better idea of what things costs and lists can then be pared down from “must-haves” to “nice-to-haves”.
Nailing It Down
In addition to putting together a prep list for what needs to be purchased, hosts are encouraged to create a visual idea and fully plan out what a party is going to look like. Whether it’s friends, family or business associates coming by, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get a feel for what the gathering will require in terms of food, drink, gift bags, decorations or other necessary items.
That kind of simple preparation also makes it simpler for people to have realistic expectations for what their parties are going to require. With that in mind, it becomes easier to set expectations for guests so they know what they’re asked to bring, and whether they need to eat a more substantial meal ahead of time.
What to Focus On
At this time of year, it’s also helpful to keep in mind that most guests aren’t going to be too upset if a batch of homemade cookies got a little burnt or every detail of a family tradition is followed to the letter. Don’t feel the pressure to impress everyone in every way.
After all, kids and adults alike don’t get excited to go look at the same local Christmas light displays or events every year – they get excited because they’re spending a special part of the year with people they care about.
The Finer Details
Finally, it’s smart for hosts to make sure they’re doing as much as possible in advance of an event so they have a little more time to relax before they actually have people show up at their homes. Cooking or putting out snacks and drinks at least a few hours before the scheduled start time can be a great way to tackle this, and the same is true of doing a deep clean of rooms where the party will be held. Getting as much done a day or two beforehand is a good idea.
Get in the Mood for Your Festivities
Listen to music while you get ready for your party or event. Whether it’s holiday classics or just an everyday favorite, music can put the mind at ease and can do wonders for one’s mood. It’s a good idea to keep those tunes going throughout the party as well, especially if it’s a playlist of everyone’s favorites for the holiday season.
Maybe the most important thing to remember of all this is hosts are supposed to have fun, too. After all, why have friends and family over to your home if it’s going to be a major source of stress? Take a little time throughout the course of the night to take a deep breath, have something to eat and drink, and just relax.