5 Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas by Laura Roman

I am very excited to share with you my 5 Tips for a Stress-Free Christmas. But first, here’s why.


2016 has proven to be the year of the outlier.


Donald Trump was elected president when many thought that he didn’t have an ice cube’s chance in hell. He was victorious because he wasn’t like everybody else.  You may agree or disagree with his politics, but you can’t deny – there’s something new in Washington DC and things will never be the same.


In the spirit of the 2016 election, I’ve decided to make this Christmas different.  I can’t tell you how many people I’ve spoken to who consistently complain about how stressed they are throughout this season.  You know, they’re all wrapped up (no pun intended) in all the traditions.  The thing that they “MUST” do, or it just isn’t Christmas.


For many of us, we’re like addicts trying to capture our first high. We want to relive the Christmas’ of our past.  When it really “felt” like Christmas.  There was no stress, no pressure and certainly no anxiety about making it all perfect.  We were simply in the moment and the wonder of the season was at our fingertips.


It’s impossible to recapture the wonder of the past and our children won’t be scarred for life. Folks want to remake the Christmas’ of their childhood for their own children. There is nothing wrong with that sentiment.  IF you don’t need to kill yourself in the process.  I propose starting new, easier traditions to replace the old.  Enjoy more moments and have a more magical holiday season.



Here are 5 tips for a stress-free Christmas:


  • Limit gift-giving 

    Buy three gifts and give the rest in gift cards. Takes the stress off of you and they can buy what they want.


  • Don’t make, buy 
    Don’t spend hours baking and cooking.  Decide what is affordable to buy and do it.  Homemade is not best, if you have done nothing but stress about it.


  • Time-  Give yourself the gift of time.
    Make time to spend with your loved ones.  There’s no money involved and they will always have that memory.  Build a fire, make hot chocolate and watch White Christmas. Just remember to create a memory with the ones you love.


  • Walk
    Instead of sitting around the house and eating, make a tradition of walking.  Walking is a time that you can spend with others and you have the added health benefit!


  • Plan everything
    Sit down on Sunday evenings before the holiday and plan out everything that you need to do and take 3 things off. That’s it, take it off the list and throw them away in the trash.  The holidays are about less being more.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Wishing you all the best!


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  • Lisa Swanson December 23, 2016   Reply →

    Great tips Laura! The holidays can be so stressful for a lot of people. Personally I love them, I am very very fortunate to have a family that gets along well and truly cares for each other. Love your tip on buy don’t bake… even though I find baking with my daughters fun, there just isn’t as much time as I use to have to do all of that now. Giving yourself permission to let go of a few things is a wonderful way to enjoy the holidays

    • Laura Roman December 23, 2016   Reply →

      Baking can be tons of fun and also be totally stressful. I guess you just have to decide how much time you have. Have a great holiday!

  • Tiffany M Zwieg December 23, 2016   Reply →

    My favorite: PLAN EVERYTHING! Oh yes, I resonate with that beautifully! <3

  • Rita December 30, 2016   Reply →

    Great tips, Laura, which can be borrowed for other occasions like birthdays, weddings etc where the myth of perfectionism can cause stress and rob people of the pure simple joy of such occasions!

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