This is my 2nd married Christmas and honestly, I’ve already learned how easy it is to make Christmas WAY more complicated than it needs to be! Between the pressure to have the perfect baked goods, the perfect handwritten notes, the perfect decorations, and of course, getting everyone on your gift list the perfect gift, it can become easy to miss what is really important. Like focusing on Christ during the celebration of his birth, and cherishing the family that joins you in that celebration.
Honestly, between Advent, school getting out (for us college kids, and those with school-aged children!), and snow, there is so much to worry about and so little time to take care of it all! So make some of these things less complicated and worry less about the unimportant (but fun!) things so that you have time to enjoy the more important things!
So lets simplify Christmas!
1| Order Photo Christmas Cards
Receiving Christmas cards is so much fun! It always made me want to write out Christmas cards and send them to all my friends and family as well, but honestly, writing out 80 or more Christmas cards is insanely time consuming! I’ve discovered that an easier solution is to order Christmas cards that are already extremely personal, by them already having your face on them! If you still want to give everyone a life update, it’s easy to put together a short newsletter to include with your card! I print mine on 4×6 note cards, front and back so that i can keep them short and informative!
2| Print Address Labels
I love handwriting addresses and making them gorgeous! But once again, handwriting addresses is super time consuming. So don’t do it! Either use the gorgeous printing when you order your Christmas cards, or you can order return address labels, and you can print at home your labels as well! All it takes is Word, a package of Easy Peel Return Address Labels, and a printer!
3| Buy the Cookie Dough
I love baking! Love. Love. LOVE! Baking! But I know that it is extremely time consuming! Which is fine during any other time of the year, but around the holidays, there are so many other things that that time could be used for as well! So this year, I bought cookie dough for the first time, and honestly, I don’t regret it! It’s yummy. It takes half the time to make. And it stores easy to make little batches at a time.
4| Plan Ahead for Gifts
I know this one is hard to implement now, but planning ahead and slowly buying gifts is a million times more relaxing and easier on your wallet. Whitney, blogger at Whitney Blake, made a super adorable printable to plan out gifts! I bet it would be extremely useful for next year!
5| Buy New Decorations After Christmas
I was so happy this year when I opened my Christmas storage tub and found that I had purchased Christmas candles last year!! I didn’t have to worry about running out and purchasing Christmas scents and it made decorating so much more fun! I mean, I opened my tub and was instantly blasted with the smell of Christmas! It was the best!