Hassle-Free Holidays: How to Stay Stress-Free, Merry and Bright

Make your holiday season simple and convenient. Here are a few strategies to make it a hassle-free experience for everyone involved. 
Christie Glascoe {ChatterBox Christie}
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The holiday season is upon us! It’s a time of joy and opportunities to feast and fellowship with friends and family. It can also be stressful as hosting guests, traveling, and gift-giving can take a toll on your time, energy, and finances. With a little planning and preparation, you can make the holiday season a breeze. Here are a few strategies to make it a hassle-free experience for everyone involved. 

Set Realistic Expectations 

The number one way to avoid stress is to let go of the idea of “The Perfect Holiday Celebration.” Things won't always go according to plan, so it’s important to set realistic expectations. Embrace flexibility and be open to changes. Adapt to unexpected situations and find the humor in them. Remember that is about spending time with loved ones and enjoying the spirit of the season.

Divide and Conquer

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If you’re the host of your holiday shindig, delegate tasks among family members or guests to assist with the event from set-up to clean-up. Assign responsibilities like setting the table and decorating to family members. Other guests can help by bringing specific dishes (can we say, potluck?), picking up bags of ice, or grabbing a couple of bottles of bubbly. 

Take Advantage of Delivery

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One good thing that came out of the crappy pandemic is nearly everybody delivers. You don’t need to run all over town for what you need. Leverage the power of online shopping and services. Holiday hosts can have groceries, decorations, adult beverages, or pre-made dishes delivered to your door, saving time and gas. 

We get it. It is preferred that certain things, like mac-n-cheese, be homemade, but to take the pressure off of you making everything, consider ordering some sides from restaurants (or relatives) you know and love.

Easy Gift Giving

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To avoid that awkward moment at gatherings, not the one where you argue your politics and religion (please do your best to not do this), but the other one when gifts are exchanged and some guests are left out, consider having a “White Elephant” game or “Secret Santa” for your friends and family. Both require attendees to buy just one gift. It will take a little pre-planning to inform everyone of what to expect, but no one goes home empty-handed. 

Let Go of the Leftovers

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Most of us love holiday meal leftovers, but let's face it, after about three or four days, we’re over it. Not to mention how much fridge space they take up. None of us want to waste good food, right? Consider purchasing some to-go containers and inviting your guests to help themselves. Make sure you set a little aside for yourself first.  

Arrive in Style

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Last, but not least, don’t forget to use theCut to schedule your fresh shape up. Man or woman, theCut is for everyone.

If you are traveling for the holidays and in the scramble you don’t have time to schedule your haircut or worse, your regular barber has gone on holiday themselves, we got you! theCut lets you search for reputable barbers and stylists in the city you’re traveling to. Make an appointment and you’re good to go. 

By following these tips, you can make your holiday season simple and convenient. So relax, enjoy the time with your loved ones, and create lasting memories. Cheers to a stress-free and joyful holiday!