This time of year, there are definitely more than visions of sugar plums running through my head. With decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking, gatherings…somedays it’s enough to want to hide under the covers until it’s all over. Regardless of well-laid plans, life always seems to throw a snag our way. These four ideas will help you stay calm when you hit those unwelcome bumps along the way.
1. Holiday Traffic. Out of town drivers, non-existent parking spaces, longer rush hours- any of these can make even the most patient driver lose their cool when on a schedule. Instead, leave 10-15 minutes early for every commute. If you arrive early, consider it bonus time to pick up a quick present at a nearby shop, or stop a moment to savor a cup of coffee.
Gift idea for the stressed driver: Relax aromatherapy mist for the car.
2. Baking Blips. Pies, cookies, tarts oh my. You’ve been to the store countless times, the ingredients are measured, your recipes are set. Don’t let a dropped egg (or 3) ruin your baking mojo. Cover it with salt and let it sit for a minute or two, then simply wipe up the spill. The mess won’t spread and there’s no gooey residue.
Gift idea for the eternal baker: Wooden PieBox.
3. So Much Shopping. Sure, you could go to as many different stores as there are people on your gift list, but why? Save yourself stress of searching for the “perfect gift” amidst countless options and choose a theme. Narrow it down to handmade (doesn’t mean handmade by you!), old school games, or an activity the entire family can enjoy (museum tickets, zoo passes, or sporting event tickets).
Gift idea for the whole family: Ultimate Green Gift Set
4. Keeping Track Of Everything. Even Santa had to check his list twice. If your endless to-do list is keeping you from sleep, write it down! Keep a notepad next to your bed (or attached to your hip!) so you can jot down the idea immediately.
As you’re making your lists, though, remember the bigger picture. Are the “traditions” causing you the most stress worth continuing? Maybe it’s time to rethink your list.
Gift idea for someone who needs to slow down: Baby Buddha Bowl