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10 Shopping Days to Christmas

Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays on the planet.

And, with just 10 days of Christmas shopping, we can turn it into a holiday season without spending a fortune, giving to everyone and doing everything!

Here are four simple tips to help you manage your stress during this holiday season:

  1. Plan your budget. And it’s not too late to narrow your list with only 10 days of shopping left. If necessary, tell people that you’re cutting back on gift shopping this year. To your surprise, they’ll understand and probably feel relieved! Most of us have too many “things” in our lives anyway.

They would probably be happier if they knew you were giving a gift to a local charity.

Barrie Christmas Cheer helps families in Barrie, Innisfil, Alliston, Oro-Medonte, Angus and other surrounding communities in South Simcoe County.

  1. Take time for others – your relationships with others are the greatest gift of all and provide you with timeless and priceless memories. Cherish these moments! Host a party – go shopping with an assistant and catch up on lost time while you plan the event.

Christmas is a time when everyone can give, not just you.

  1. Involving your family members in household chores can make all the difference between enjoying Christmas or just supporting it. Cooking, preparing and decorating for your party is another opportunity to do several things at once. Take advantage of this opportunity to reunite with friends and family. Play Christmas music, chat, laugh and catch up. Many hands make light work and lots of fun.
  2. Take some time for yourself. Take time for quiet and relaxing activities. Going to the spa is wonderful, but a long hot bath while listening to your favourite music or just enjoying some peace and quiet could also help you regenerate. It is even normal to disconnect from technology. Mobile phones and computers have off buttons. Say no to distractions. If someone really needs to connect with you, they will call you on a landline or drop by to see you.

Keeping things simple, spending time with friends and family and asking for help can make this Christmas a real holiday to remember.

Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year 2020.