Holidays

Be Merry and Bright with these 7 Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas

7 tips for a stress-free Christmas

We all wish Santa could do more than just deliver gifts. How nice would it be for him to bring all the people on his nice list a Hooville Christmas?

Unfortunately, you’re the one that is creating the Christmas magic. From planning the party to cooking the meals, your days will be filled with work and holiday cheer. But as the minutes tick away, and the days pass by, your stress levels will go up as the Christmas countdown goes on. So how do you turn your holiday stress into merriness? Follow these seven stress-free Christmas tips:

Christmas movies and chill

Pop some popcorn, pour a glass of wine, and grab your most comfy blanket, it’s time for Christmas movies and relaxation. Christmas movies often take the doom and gloom out of life by embracing the Christmas spirit. Take time for yourself or make it a family event, but turn on the Netflix and get into the holiday spirit.

Embrace the time-savers

Your Christmas feast can be quite the feat. Skip making everything from scratch and embrace going to some local businesses and order some of your Christmas foods. You can save a lot of time by getting the classic pumpkin pie from a local bakery or by ordering a cooked turkey instead of baking your own. Stick to making those special dishes only you can make and let some other experts handle the rest.

Calm the playful puppy

A tired pooch is a calm pooch. Instead of having your dog barking and excited to see your guests tire them out. Take your dog outside for some intense playtime and treat them with a toy that dispenses treats (like a Kong) before your guests arrive.

Put the fa-la-la in your playlist

Turning on your favorite playlist and relaxing or having an impromptu dance fest is a great mood boost. And while you probably still want to listen to the hottest new Spotify tunes, don’t forget to add the fa-la-la. Check out some Christmas playlists this month to put you into the Christmas spirit. You can also check out the LifeSquire December Playlist for a mix of modern and jolly tunes.

Sweat it out

Brave the cold and head outdoors for a little exercise. Not only is exercise outside more enjoyable, but you’ll get the added benefit of some Vitamin D. Even a five-minute trip outdoors can boost your mood and help lower your anxiety levels. Don’t put it off, just get out there and enjoy a nice walk.

Wrapping party

Make gift wrapping fun! Turn on some of your favorite Christmas movies, pour a glass of your favorite holiday drink, and enjoy some sweet Christmas treats. Have all the bow, labels, and tape ready to conquer the gift pile. Instead of seeing wrapping as another holiday chore, take the time to enjoy yourself by making it fun.

If gift wrapping isn’t your thing, your LifeSquire is available to wrap all of your holiday gifts.

Call Santa’s helpers

Adulting is hard and often extremely busy. When you add the holiday season on top of normal activities, the amount of free time you have can dramatically decrease. You’re not alone through the holiday season, so don’t be afraid to ask for help. Have your family members help cook holiday dinners, have your kids help wrap gifts for other family members, have your LifeSquire personal assistant run your errands, help you plan your parties, and other miscellaneous holiday-related tasks. Asking for help may be difficult, but you will feel a weight lifted off of your shoulders when you reach out.

Even though the holidays can be stressful, try to take the time to enjoy yourself, see the lights, and embrace the Christmas magic.

 

Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager

A LifeSquire Christmas

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'Twas a month before Christmas, & all through the town
the Squires were hurrying and rushing around;
The gifts were all purchased & wrapped with great care,
To Do lists were handled, no need to despair!

The houses were clean.  They had made all the beds,
The laundry was folded. And the pets were all fed. 
The dog had been walked. The clothes put away. 
They had dinner ready at the end of your day.

They replaced burnt out light bulbs from atop tall ladders,
You’ll know when they come that nothing’s the matter.
They polished the silver and took out the trash.
They moved through the houses as quick as a flash,

With a mix of assistants, all lively and quick,
You know in a moment that they’re the best pick.
More rapid than eagles, the Squires they came, 
And organized everything, so order could reign.

"Now, DISHES! Now, DUSTING! Now, done with the kitchen!
With checklists for tasks, there’s nothing that’s missing!
We’ve swept the front porch and tidied the hall.
Now cross it off! Cross it off! Cross it off all! 

They handle it all, those tasks under roof, 
And send you a wrap-up, in case you need proof.
They come to your space, and they turn it around,
They tidy, declutter, organization abounds!
 
Your tasks are all handled, So go and be merry!
Rest easy; they’ve got this! They’re your personal fairy.
And surely your mouth will draw up like a bow,
When you see all your ducks that they’ve put in a row.

They sprang to their sleighs, to the team gave a whistle,
And away they all flew like the down of a thistle.
Now hear them exclaim, as they drive out of sight,
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!


Poem Reimagined By Ashlyn Johnson

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LifeSquire Thanksgiving traditions you’ll want to steal

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In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we asked our Squires what their favorite traditions are, and to be honest, we were overwhelmed with the great ideas.  So if you’re thinking of starting something new to add to your holiday, here are some ways our Squires celebrate:

Tiffanie: My family rents a movie together, and we eat the random appetizers that are in the freezer the night before Thanksgiving.

Ashlyn: We skip the traditional spread, and we have sushi or we grill steaks.

Kayla: We all go play capture the flag in the backyard before Thanksgiving dinner.

Hien: After cooking and cleaning all day, I have my cousins over, and we get to relax and enjoy our time together.

Liz: My favorite tradition is that we eat brisket instead of turkey.

Kaci: I love to break the wishbone with my mom.

Mitch: My brother and I cook Thanksgiving dinner for my siblings and parents, and we don’t have to do anything after 3 p.m.

Ally: I love watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade every year with all of my nieces and nephews.

Chelsi: My brother, my Dad, and I sneak out of the house early in the morning to go play golf.

Kasie: Every year we do a game night with my husband’s family. We bring appetizers and hang out and have a lot of fun.