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Planning for a Stress Free Holiday Season

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November 30, 2015


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The holidays can be a very stressful time of year. There are holiday parties with friends and family, the pressure of finding just the right gifts, and traveling to and fro. The best thing to help combat holiday stress is to be as organized as possible. How can you have a stress free holiday?  Two words: “Be Prepared” or “Plan Ahead”. Planning for the holidays is essential to being able to enjoy the holiday season.

The official beginning of the holiday season is Thanksgiving. This has also become the kick-off to the holiday shopping season. Today, more and more stores are opening up for a few hours (or all day) on Thanksgiving Day for shopping, but most of the shopping starts on the day after Thanksgiving or “Black Friday”.  On average, over 135 Million people go shopping on Black Friday spending billions of dollars. The National Retail Federation  has predicted a good 2015 holiday season for retail stores. They forecast that stores will make over $630.5 billion in November and December. Online sales are forecast to increase 6-8% for this year’s holiday season up to $105 billion. The popularity of online shopping has continued to grow with special deals for Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving. We have all been inundated with commercials and news stories for the big deals for electronics, computers and other special items on Black Friday and some stores have even started their deals earlier to entice shoppers.

Holiday Stress Tips

The National Retail Federation predicts that the average American will spend $805 this holiday season on gifts, decorations and holiday event and party planning. If you are shopping on Black Friday, it is good to have a plan in mind of what you want to buy and where to buy it. This is where a holiday planning calendar comes in handy. A holiday planning checklist can keep you on track on what you need to purchase for holiday events, gift buying and wrapping.  It is a good idea to do an inventory of what you currently have for holiday items first before heading out to the store to buy them. Next, keep a list of holiday gift suggestions and ideas with sizes and styles to use as a handy checklist.


Holiday Event Planning

Start holiday event planning for parties or family dinners as early as possible. If you are making special items for these events, get started on them as early as possible. Another holiday stress tip is to delegate food assignments to family and friends for these parties to help lessen the stress of the day.  If you are making holiday crafts, now is the time to get the projects started, so they will be ready by holidays. To help relieve holiday stress, don’t put off doing the projects until the last minute. There are so many family and friends holiday events and activities crammed into a 6 week time slot. In order to keep everything in order, create a holiday planning calendar so the holiday event planning, holiday gift shopping and holiday decorating can be easier.

The most important thing to remember during the holiday season is to focus on the meaning of the season. It is a time for celebrating, giving and sharing with others and being thankful for the blessings that we have. ezStorage created “Planning for the Holidays” to give a holiday planning checklist to help you have a stress free holiday season.

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