We are only a few days from Christmas, can you believe it?? Have you made Christmas cookies yet? I made these delicious sugar cookies to take to a cookie exchange and they were a hit. Making Christmas cookies can be a fun tradition, but it can be time consuming and messy. Just like baking cookies from scratch, the holidays can be stressful and they shouldn’t be. Christmas should be a time that we can enjoy with our families and not worry about cookies or presents or entertaining perfectly. Because of this, I came up with 10 tips to help this week be stress-free sponsored by Gallo Family Vineyards. Go visit the Gallo Family Vineyards Facebook!
10 Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Season
- Store-bought is OK! If you don’t have time to make homemade Christmas cookies, it’s OK! If you’d like an easy no-bake cookie recipe, try my No Bake Chocolate Chip Coconut Cookies
- The perfect wine. Gallo Family Vineyard Wines is a family owned company who makes a variety of delicious wines. Pick up a 1.5L for your holiday entertaining at major stores (find where to buy). If you are feeling fancy, try this Christmas Sangria!
- Cooking is optional. If the meal planning and cooking is bringing you stress, go for catering! Some grocery stores offer holiday dinners and party platters. Check now!
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Are you hosting a holiday party? Don’t be afraid to ask your friends and family to bring a dish to lighten the load.
- Last minute gifts. Don’t stress. You can get your last minute gifts done right now with a bottle of Gallo Family wines and a cute printable Christmas wine gift tag!
- It’s o.k. to say no. Maybe you’ve been invited to several holiday and New Year parties and are overwhelmed. It’s o.k. to regretfully decline and have a much-needed night in with family. You won’t regret it. Do you still feel like you need to make an appearance? It’s perfectly fine to leave early!
- Simple wrapping. One year I decided to hand letter everyone’s name on each package real fancy. It was unnecessary. There’s no need for wrapping to be perfect and gift bags work just as well!
- Live in the moment. Take a minute to breathe, remember what’s important and reassure yourself that everything doesn’t need to be perfect.
- Lower your expectations. Sometimes we imagine the holidays like a Hallmark movie and that’s not realistic! Enjoy the imperfections of your holiday and make memories.
- Give back. Spreading holiday cheer makes you feel good inside. Pay for someone behind you in line or drop a hot chocolate off to someone standing at the cold bus stop.