Christmas tree with photo framesMany of us love the celebrations, family gatherings and friendly parties. Although all those cookies decorations, presents hunting, trees illuminating, gift wrapping, candles fairing, visitors accommodating, travel planning  makes you overloaded and exhausted, if you do it with an intentional planning, you enjoy your cherished memories and get things done. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Remember, you have to slow down, bring to the balance your thoughts and energy, and focus on the real meaning of Christmas.

Use these tips to plan it in advance so you will enjoy every minute of your holiday season:

1. Smart shopping

Save money by offering foods that fit your budget. Plan in advance and buy foods on sale, or in-season produce when it costs less and tastes better. Shop online as now we’re lucky enough to have the Internet and free shipping, so there is no reason to fight crowds, waste money on gas and come home frazzled and too tired for anything else.

2. Simple plan

There will be too many activities you would like for yourself or your children to participate. But try not to be over scheduled. Choose one or two activities, and stick to it for the holiday season. If you prefer to travel, or participate in a Christmas play – just remember that any of it will involve other tasks as well: to find a hotel, to book the tickets, to choose the places of interest or to participate in daily play rehearsals.

3. Prioritize tasks

Lists all the activities, parties and tasks you would like to perform. Number them according to the importance, time consuming and resource challenging. Tackle the most important things and then don’t sweat the small stuff. This list is a key to staying organized; therefore allowing peace of mind. Be mindful of how much time you’re spending online or in front of the computer. And learn how to say no to the tasks which are not in your list just to please others.

4. Spend time with purpose

Get rid of stuff, clear wardrobes, give away unused items, reduce your supply of Christmas items. Prepare fun crafts, activities and traditions to spend quality time with family and children. You want your family and guests to know the true meaning of Christmas, feel the spirit and have joyful memories. Plan to volunteer even just a few hours, as baking cookies for a retirement home, wrapping a present for a giving tree or playing with reminds you that you’re part of something bigger. Remembering there’s a bigger perspective highlights the purpose of the celebrations.