Between the office and home, the holiday season can be full of a lot of drama! The good news is that most of it is avoidable. So if you want to have the most drama-free holiday season possible, here are some tips to help you do it.
1. Don’t feel pressured to find the “right gifts”.
Let’s face it: gift-giving is hard and we rarely get it right. Most of the time we don’t know what to get anyone. Instead of struggling to find the “right” gift for someone, why not just ask what they want? To maintain some element of surprise, you can ask them to tell you five things they want – as the giver, you choose which they ultimately get. This is an easy way to cut out of the headaches and have a drama-free holiday season!
2. Make a budget – and stick to it.
Once you start shopping, it’s easy for things to get out of control. From your office party dress to decorations to presents for the family – the holidays can be mighty expensive. Sit down and make a detailed budget, and then do your best to stick to it. Staying within your budget is kind of like giving yourself a gift.
3. Book a hotel room – for you or your out of town guests.
There’s a lot of pressure to let all your out of town guests stay at your house or to stay at their’s if you’re the ones traveling. Don’t succumb to the social pressures. Instead, realize the value in a little space. You know what they say: distance makes the heart grow fonder, and that couldn’t be truer than during the holiday season. Treat yourself or your relatives to the privacy of a hotel to ensure the most drama-free holiday season.
4. Let things roll off your back.
It may be easier said than done, but if there’s one thing that will get you through the holidays with as few bumps as possible, it’s this. Don’t let things get to you; not now, anyway. Whether the source of your holiday woes is your nutty in-laws, a burnt pie, or first semester report cards, just say a few Om Shanti Oms and keep moving forward.
5. Use life hacks to help ensure a drama-free holiday season.
There’s no virtue in doing things the hard way. Holiday life hacks can save you time and cut out of the holiday drama. Need to wrap a gift and fast? Use these gift wrapping tricks. Want to save yourself the pain that comes with unknotting the holiday lights next year? Check out #4, #5, and #6 on this list. Want to make sure you never have to deal with broken glass at your holiday party? Then get these unbreakable stemless wineglasses. Stock your house with reusable items whenever you can. This ensures you’ll never be stuck in a tight spot without something you need. For example, keep reusable stainless steel straws in the kitchen drawer.