Instead of becoming stressed out about all of the things you need to do during the holidays, give yourself the gift of peace by simplifying a few holiday traditions.
-Avoid the Holiday Greeting Card Rush
Prevent stress over sending traditional year-end holiday cards when you're already super busy. Instead, look for opportunities at other times of the year to reach out with cards.
Get a jump on next year — save money and time by waiting until after the holidays to buy cards that are on sale.
Make a list of everyone you want to buy for, and then whittle it down to just close friends and family.
Create a reasonable budget, and stick to it.
Buy or make small, thoughtful gifts — jellies, jams, or even a candle — for those last-minute gift-giving opportunities.
-Spend Less Time in the Kitchen
If cooking the turkey and potatoes is your thing, cook them, and ask others to bring their favorite holiday dish.
Simplify dessert — buy a special pie or holiday cake.
Personalize store-bought goodies by adding decorations ...powdered sugar on brownies, frosting and colored sprinkles on cookies, and so on. If you have children, let them get in on the act.
In the middle of the holiday bustle, take time to read, listen to music, or take a delicious midday nap.