• 10 Things You Can Do Now to Have a Stress-Free Christmas

    Do you want to know what you can do so you're less stressed when Christmas rolls around? Here are some useful tips.
    by Tina Santiago-Rodriguez .
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    It's already October, which means Christmas is just two months away. Already, we can see Christmas decorations and Christmas-themed items on display in stores, and hear Christmas carols being played in the malls and other establishments. 

    For many of us, we may also be starting to feel the “pressure” that usually comes with the holiday season — you know, the “Christmas rush,” as they say. Sadly, for most people, the stress that the Christmas season brings in may be a bit too much, and it can actually take away the joy and peace that we should be feeling at that time.

    To help you avoid the pressure and (hopefully) have a less stressed Christmas, some moms share their tried and tested tips:

    1. Plan ahead.
    There’s a saying that goes something like this: “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This applies to almost everything in life — including preparing for holidays like Christmas. Roxi Santiago, blogger and freelancer, and mom to 28-month-old Jacob, says, “I like to plan ahead -- way ahead! I'm already thinking of how we will divide our time between families, what gift to give (I usually do a per-family gift so giving doesn't hurt our budget), and how my own little family can have our own moments this coming holidays. `Bahala na’ doesn't work for me!”

    2. Buy gifts in bulk.
    If you plan to shop for Christmas gifts this early, a good tip is to buy items in bulk, based on categories or criteria that you have set beforehand. “When buying gifts, I make a list and group them by age and gender. Then I will buy the same kind (but different colors) of gift appropriate for a certain group. I just add two to three pieces of that particular item in case I forget someone,” shares Cecille Olila, an online seller, and mom to Ara, 11; R-2 and Arman, 10; and Andrei, 18 months..

     

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