In the last post, we had a reality check on relationships and the money of giving gifts. In this post, let us look at some other aspects of the Christmas celebration wherein we can reduce the stress we might experience.
The Christmas meal
I wrote meal because some people eat lunch or dinner for the “main event.” It does not really matter which meal you eat with the whole family – or group of friends – the important thing is to be able to handle the preparations without overly stressing yourself out. One commonly suggested thing is to make the meal potluck. Truth be told, this has been the tradition in my family for many years now. Each family brings his own dish (or dishes) and shares it with the rest of the group. Not only will this lessen the burden on the host family in terms of preparation but also in financial aspects.
You probably won’t get away with not cooking anything. So as much possible, you should stock up on your non-perishables NOW. Plan the dishes that you will be preparing and as early as now, go get the stuff that you need. Of course, vegetables and other perishables would have to wait till the day before but canned and dry goods can be bought way ahead of time to avoid the Christmas rush.
Don’t forget to sleep and rest!
In the midst of all the hustle and bustle, you might overlook your own health – and that is the worst thing that you can do. Remember to take care of yourself and to get much needed rest in order for you to have enough energy to breeze through the holidays.