8 Ways to Keep Your Family Stress-Free this Holiday Season

The holiday season is meant to be an exciting time, but let’s face it, more often than not it’s just a lot of added stress that keeps us feeling anything but jolly. Mighty Mommy has 8 tips to help you manage your holiday list without losing the real meaning of the season.

Cheryl Butler
5-minute read
Episode #260

Holidays are meant to be an exciting time for your family—full of  joy and wonder. But let’s face it, more often than not, it’s just a huge amount of added stress that keeps us feeling anything but jolly. 

We're already juggling a lot with work, family, running a household, and trying to keep on top of our kid’s activities. So when we mix in the chaos of the holidays, it's enough to bring out a little scrooge in many of us.

If you're over-stressed to the point that you would rather wrap yourself up and hide in a closet until after New Year’s arrives, you're in luck! Mighty Mommy is here with 8 tips to help you manage your already busy lives and mix in your holiday “to do list” without losing the real meaning of the season.

Tip #1: Seek a Fresh Perspective

Make a change during this holiday season that will lighten your load. Take one task that drives you crazy during the holidays and tackle it in a new way. A fresh approach just might make a difference.

For example, if you dread having to decorate the outside of your home with a bunch of lights and glitz, perhaps you should scale back and simply hang a pretty wreath on your front door and just place lights on your porch railings instead of all over the entire house.  Be honest with yourself and find at least one thing you can cut back on.

Tip #2: Trade Gifts for Experiences

For those of us who have large or extended families, holiday shopping can become a nightmare. Try shopping for 15 cousins, 12 great aunts, 33 best friends, teachers, coaches, babysitters, oh and your kids and spouse, too - enough already! 

Instead of buying material things to give as gifts, try giving experiences and sharing special moments together.  Arrange a trip to a local holiday show for a group of you, or book a breakfast at your favorite pancake house where you can all have some fun eating Belgian waffles and reminiscing about fun family times.  Spending time together can offer much more value than gifting someone with a new toy or sweater.

Tip #3: Send out New Year’s Cards

Sending holiday cards is thoughtful but it’s also very time consuming, especially if you love to send a photo greeting card that showcases your beautiful family. 

Several years ago I decided I just couldn’t add the stress of sending out Christmas cards during this already harried time of the year, so I now take a photo of my family all together on Christmas Day, and turn it into a New Year’s greeting card.  Our friends and family have all commented that they enjoy receiving our card after the busy season when everything is a bit more peaceful rather than when they’re bombarded with a slew of cards right before the big day. 

See also; Domestic CEO's 4 Ways to Stress Less This Holiday Season


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About the Author

Cheryl Butler Project Parenthood

Cheryl L. Butler was the host of the Mighty Mommy podcast for nine years from 2012 to 2021. She is the mother of eight children. Her experiences with infertility, adoption, seven pregnancies, and raising children with developmental delays have helped her become a resource on the joys and challenges of parenting. You can reach her by email.