How To Have a Stress Free Holiday Season

Does the holiday season stress you out? Do you tend to place far more expectations on yourself to please the people in your life? Maybe the trick behind easing that stress & worry is to think more like a minimalist. Here are 6 Ways on How To Have A Stress Free Holiday Season

Plan Ahead

I personally love getting most of my holiday shopping done 2 months before December. Why? So I can enjoy the holiday season & not feel stressed out. I’m not a procrastinator whatsoever, so I love planning early. I make a list of who I’m gifting, who we are sending cards to (if any) & the budget around everything else. Having a game plan like this can help you see what is necessary & what can be nixed.

Talk to Family Early

Along with this game plan, you need to discuss with family about gifts early & expectations. If you have a huge family, maybe suggest Secret Santas or White Elephant gift exchanges. Sometimes, you need to openly & honestly discuss your budget & thoughts around the holiday. The earlier you discuss this, the easier and less caught off guard people would be later on.

Have a Spending / Gift Limit

I think gift giving can become rather overwhelming and out of hand if you let it. I know when I’m shopping for a loved one, I tend to find tons of ideas. But I’ve learned I need to limit the amount to save money. And if there are people you can leave out of gift exchanges, do it. Instead of giving material items, you can simply spend more time with the person or surprise them with a future event. If you need gift ideas, check out my previous blogmas post on my Minimalist Gift Guide.

Focus on the Experiences More

You don’t always have to spend money on material items to show people you care about them. Christmas to me, is about spending time with the people you care about. And with it being pandemic times, seeing family & friends may be difficult. So plan a phone call or zoom get together. I remember around Easter, we had a zoom dinner with my boyfriend’s family & it was a great way to see everyone at a safe distance.

Be Intentional With Your Time & Energy

Like everything in life, you have to prioritize what matters to you. And remember, if you make everything important, nothing truly is. Make time for what YOU want to do for the holiday, not what other people think you should do. The holidays are supposed to be a fun time of year. Don’t stress yourself out with too much on your plate.

Listen To Your Heart

Along with being intentional, you also have to be true to yourself. I feel like the holidays can revolve around pleasing your family. And although it is important to honor your family members & loved ones & make time for them, you still need to follow your instinct of how you wish to celebrate. And this doesn’t make you selfish, you are simply honoring yourself as well as others. There’s a give and take with the holidays. But always remember, you can’t please everyone.


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90 thoughts on “How To Have a Stress Free Holiday Season

  1. This is definitely a minimalist Christmas. Our kids cannot travel to visit. Our sister’s family is ten minutes away, but we are staying apart due to the government order to remain within your household. Thank fully we have just been allowed to bring gifts to my mother in law in her care home. We are choosing safety above all else. It will be very quiet.

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  2. My problem is that I sometimes go over the budget limit as I find something that is more expensive that a family or friend would want. But seeing their reactions is always worth it. πŸ™‚

    These are some really great tips there. I have followed you on Pinterest! Can’t wait to see your festive pictures πŸ˜€
    PS: I love your Christmassy signature in the end of the post. It is super cute!

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    1. I tend to overdo it with family sometimes too! I love seeing their reactions πŸ™‚
      Aww thank you! πŸ™‚ I will follow you back there!
      And thank you! haha i thought i should add a festive twist to the signature.


  3. These are great reminders for a chilled out holiday season. More than ever this year we need to be chilled, we deserve it after everything we had to endure this year.

    I am loving reading your posts Brittany! βœ¨πŸ’• x

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  4. I started participating in my cousins secret santa last year and this is my second time participating, and let me tell you, the budget has helped ease the stress because I didn’t have to worry about spending too little or too much! You’re so smart you get your Christmas shopping done early. My mom and I like to power shop, which works out in the end, but it’s a bit rushed finding the perfect gift for everyone! Great post and happy holidays!

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  5. Great post! I’m a big procrastinator and I always have the greatest, last-minute ideas. I irritate myself sometimes, lol. Next year, I’m working on starting everything earlier. #babysteps πŸ‘ŠπŸ½πŸ€£

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  6. Great suggestions! I agree that experiencs are what make the holidays special, and my last blog post was about focusing on making memories instead of the materialistic items. I hope you will give it a read and let me know your thoughts. Happy Holidays!

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  7. Great suggestions! The holiday season for me is one of the hardest because it was my late mother’s favorite time of the year. Therefore, I do allow myself to be even more intentional because I miss my mom and need to devote enough energy tohealing.

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  8. Setting a budget ahead of time and starting shopping early are two of the easiest ways to help reduce my stress during the holidays. Your tips are all wonderful and it’s so handy to think about these things now before the holidays are upon us!

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  9. I have a really tough time setting a spend limit and budgeting on things I want to buy for other people, because sometimes when I think I’m done with all my shopping, something else pops up that I wanna get for a loved one! But loved your tips, hope it helps a ton of people this holiday season!

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  10. There can be so much pressure put on Christmas that it ends up being not as enjoyable! Totally agree about experiences being the most important thing,
    Amy x

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  11. As much as I love the holidays, they can be so stressful. I just want to enjoy the time I have with my family, so I will definitely be taking these tips! Especially the spending limit. I get a little… carried away this time of year!

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  12. Great post, Brittany! I agree with focusing on the experiences more. I don’t stress with the holidays at all. My parents told me at an early age that the only thing that matters every Christmas is we thank God for all the blessings by going to mass. Everything else is an add-on like preparing lots of food and exchanging gifts. Plus, when I can’t think of the right gift to give, I just give them money so they have a choice what to do with it lol.


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    1. thank you!! experiences are def worth it. now, that’s the mindset i like to hear! lol. you are so right – to those who celebrate, it is about God & going to church. To some – it’s became very commercialized which is fine but to those who have a religious background, it’s a great reminder. πŸ™‚ gifts are just the added bonus. i’m more excited about the quality time with family. especially now that i’m older – i really appreciate that time with family so much.

      haha! money is always a great option honestly! i don’t care what people say. cash is always good.


  13. Great post! Things can get so stressful around this time of year so planning ahead is a necessity for me. I’ve also told my family and friends that we should do experiences rather than physical gifts this year as we don’t need anything. Even if it’s something small like a cinema night or a dinner out.

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  14. You’ve got some fab tips here. I think planning early and focusing on the experience more are such good ones. It’s crazy how much stress planning early can save you. Also, shopping early saves you the stress of last minute rush. Christmas is more of the experience and we don’t actually need to spend a ton of money on Christmas.

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  15. These are all great tips for minimizing stress during the holidays (or any time!). It’s important to remember our focus during the holidays – time with loved ones is often at the core of what we want. It does not have to mean spending tons of money. Something as simple as preparing a meal to enjoy together, or taking a walk in nature can be a meaningful way to celebrate with friends and family.

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  16. Amazing post! Communicating and planning ahead are practical ways to reduce stress this holiday season. It’s also so important to focus on what the holidays are truly about, and that’s being with each other. Thank you for the reminders! I hope you’re enjoying your break!

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