It might seem like Easter was only last month, and Halloween was just last week, but Christmas is nearly upon us, friends!
While the kids are high with the excitement of impending presents and an excess of treats, the grown-ups are busy calculating the cost and juggling gift shopping and festive events while maintaining an air of calm.
Look, don’t get me wrong, I love some fairy lights, presents, and an excuse to catch up with friends over good food, but there's no getting around the fact that we grown-ups are the ones who have to do all the planning and preparation.
So this year, instead of getting stressed out about the work of Christmas, I am leaning into the fun but cutting down on the effort. Rather than tying myself in knots about THE DETAILS of my annual Christmas dinner, I am going to enlist some much needed help. Not only will the lead-up be less stressful, but I hope to enjoy it more too.
Here are the nine low-effort ways I plan to cut myself some slack for this year’s pre-Christmas party. And, for anyone else starting to see their stress levels beginning to rise, you're welcome to take notes…
1. Set up a group chat or create digital invitations.
Back in the dark ages, I sent individual invites via text message, or going back to the Neolithic period, on paper. While the personal touch is nice, it's very time-consuming.
More recently, I've realised that creating digital invitations or events using an online platform, such as Facebook, or creating a guest WhatsApp group is far simpler. This not only helps me track RSVPs more efficiently, but I can also update guests on event details or changes.