How to Avoid Festive Burnout This Holiday Season

Winter is definitely here. The weather has changed and it is much colder, windier, and wetter. After a great long season of summer, our winter coats and boots are back out, and we’re all starting to huddle together for the winter. With it, comes the season that most people love the most — Christmas.

Almost everyone seems to already be thinking about gifts and decorations. Christmas baking is in full swing, Christmas movies are all over TV and streaming subscription websites, and there’s Christmas music playing on nearly all radio stations. The streets are lined with festive lights and decorations, and each shop has their own holiday theme to push their gifts and products.

Christmas decoration on top of a cake

Photo: Tyler Delgado

It’s a magical time. But, for many of us, it’s also a super stressful time. You might be worried about money, about how much you’ve got to do. Or maybe you’re panicking about how you are going to please everyone and see all of your family and friends. Perhaps, you might even have more on at work in the run-up to taking some time off. If you’ve got kids, there’ll be events at school that you need to make the time to attend, and how on earth are you going to find time to wrap all of those presents?

Unfortunately, many of us suffer from a festive burnout. We try to do too much and eventually find that we aren’t enjoying the festivities at all. In fact, many of us are glad when it’s all over so we can take a much-needed break — that truly is a shame. Christmas should be a time to relax and let go. Here are some great ways to avoid festive burnout this holiday season.

Christmas tree tied to the top of a toy van

Photo: Denise Johnson

Take Control of Your Finances

Many of us go into December without a clue how much we can afford to spend. We buy things and hope for the best. This usually leads to guilt and stress as the big day gets closer. Instead of this shop and hope attitude, take control. Look at your bank balance and work out a budget. Spend only what you can afford and use apps like to help you to keep track and stay on top of things.

I wrote about how I keep track of my own personal finances here where I’m hosting a giveaway to my favourite money management app! 

Spread it Out

Of course, spreading the cost out can make it more manageable. But, that’s not the only thing that you can spread out.

  • Start seeing friends for your Christmas meetups now.
  • Write and post your cards next week.
  • Wrap gifts as soon as you buy them and bake when you’ve got time.
  • Don’t leave everything until the last minute.

Give Up on the Perfect Christmas

Most of us spend the Christmases of our adulthood, trying to recreate the magic of our childhood Christmases. But, the truth is that you never will. Christmas is never the same as an adult. It’s also fair to say that your own parents probably didn’t love them as much as you did.

Stop trying to recreate Christmas past. Stop watching Christmas movies and thinking that you can do better, and remember that whatever you see online has been set up, photoshopped and filtered for effect. Be realistic, and have the best Christmas you can, without comparison.

This post was contributed to MissCamco.

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