Stress-Less Holiday

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Ok, maybe I’m weird, but I’m not at all stressed about Christmas this year. I’ve barely done any shopping, and I haven’t started baking for my family’s Christmas Eve party, but I’m totally okay with that.

Last year, I think I would have been really stressed, but this year is different. Let me explain why!

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In 2010, my mom, sister, and I all purchased new homes. Needless to say, none of us are rolling in dough this Christmas (mortgage > presents), but we didn’t want to nix our Christmas morning traditions either. So, the three of us are just buying stocking stuffers for each other this year. Plus, none of us needed more “stuff” in our lives, ya know? Now, I just need to buy a gift for my brother-in-law.

Mal’s side of the family also kept things simple this year. Not everyone is going to be together (the family is split up over three states on two different coasts), so we decided to pick names, which means that I only need to buy one gift for that side of the family. My gosh, it makes life so much easier!

Mal and I also decided not to exchange gifts this year. We just bought a house (mortgage > presents). But, I may or may not have purchased him a special vacation to Las Vegas this April! 😉 That’s a good gift, right?!? :mrgreen:

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So, that’s why I’m not feeling stressed this year. Taking the gift-giving part out of the holiday has made it much more enjoyable for me! 😀

Breakfast

This morning’s breakfast was a very special treat! Lauren sent me a batch of her homemade Gingerbread Granola, which is the most fabulous granola ever. I absolutely love it! She also sent along the recipe, so I’m excited to make it on my own someday.

I added the Gingerbread Granola to a big bowl of Stonyfield plain yogurt with a few chia seeds sprinkled on top.

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I also enjoyed a glass of iced coffee with a splash of eggnog. (I’m really going to miss my eggnog when the holidays are over! 🙁 )

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Question of the Day

Are the holidays stressing you out or are you just ready to enjoy them?

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63 Comments

  1. My holidays are not stressful for the same reason. We took the gift giving out of Christmas a few years ago and focus on spending quality time together. This has made it so much more fun. I have 3 teens who each get one gift from us and they are just as happy as their friends who get a ton of presents. I do love the baking and still do it. Thats not stressful to me its more of a treat!
    Happy Holidays to you and Mal!

  2. This year really hasnt been that stressful. I’m in the phase where all I have to worry about is buying gifts for my family and boyfriend (5 total)..in high school, I had to do stuff for SO MANY people because if you did something for someone, you had to do it for someone else. I’m sure in a few years the stress will pick up, but as for now..it’s pretty laid back.

  3. Some years when I haven’t done much shopping, i get really stressed. But the past few years my family has been scaling back. because the manfriend and i traveled to chicago for christmas, we had to be ready early for xmas. My family did xmas last sunday and i gave each person just one small present and nothing to my aunt and cousins whom i normally buy for. For the manfriend’s family, we drew names so I only bought one present and a small gift for his mom. I found myself much less stressed this year because i did my shopping gradually and didn’t feel pressured to buy so much .

  4. I was starting to get stressed out because I was trying to take on way too much! I was trying to be superwoman and bake a zillion batches of cookies, make party food from scratch, etc. Once I cut back on my to-do list, I felt so much better! 😀

  5. NO! Last year, I was fresh out of treatment for alcoholism right before Xmas and I learned what Xmas meant–your family and friends. I bought three gifts, spent time with loved ones, and enjoyed peace and serenity.

    I am doing the same thing this year–but buying a few more presents:)

  6. I’m so not stressed about the holidays this year! My family decided not to do gifts this year and instead just focus on hanging out and making awesome food. I bought a couple gifts for close friends, but that was it. It’s nice to focus on relaxing and enjoying the holiday with family, rather than stressing about finding the perfect gifts and not going over budget.

  7. This year really hasnt been that stressful. I’m in the phase where all I have to worry about is buying gifts for my family and boyfriend (5 total)..in high school, I had to do stuff for SO MANY people because if you did something for someone, you had to do it for someone else. I’m sure in a few years the stress will pick up, but as for now..it’s pretty laid back.

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