For many families, the Holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. But, the high expectations that come along with the holidays can lead to stress, depression or disappointment. With so many things that we need to get done in order to spread holiday cheer, it can be pretty easy to get overwhelmed. Here are a few things you can do to keep yourself feeling merry and mellow this holiday season.  

Get Started Early

It’s never too early to start getting ready for next year. Always keep an eye out for festive decorations or the perfect holiday card while you’re out shopping. Not only will this give you less to worry about when Christmas is just around the corner, but buying holiday supplies off-season can also save you money. If the family holiday festivities are going to be held at your house this year, start preparing weeks or even months ahead.

Connect with Family

The stress of the holidays is much easier to manage when you’re able to use the time to reconnect with family. Find new, fun ways to get into the holiday spirit together. You might try decorating Christmas stockings together as a family, or singing carols around your community. You could even volunteer together at a local food bank or toy drive and help to spread some holiday cheer.

Bring Down Expectations

Over-hype and high expectations make preparing for holiday festivities much more stressful. If you worry yourself over having the best decorations, the most presents, or the most memorable dinner party, you could end up trying too hard (and going a little crazy). Try to keep your family more focused on family and being together than they are decorations or presents.

Cut Down on Spending

Financial issues are one of the leading causes of stress, and the holidays tend to be a very costly time. Try to save money where you can so that you have one less thing to worry about. Think of inexpensive or sentimental gifts that you can give, rather than something costly from the store. The same goes for decorating. Homemade decorations for the house or tree save money, as well as provide an activity the whole family can enjoy.

Ask for Help

It’s very difficult to get everything done on your own during the holiday season. But, you don’t have to get it all done by yourself. The ideal people to go to for help would be your family. All of the stress-inducing chores that you need to take care of can become fun family activities. Not only will this make things much easier, but your family is sure to cherish the holiday all the more if everyone helped make it happen together.

If you feel anxious when Christmas is a few weeks (or even months) away, you’re not alone. Many people consider the Christmas holidays to be the most stressful time of the year. But, as long as you avoid the over-hype and encourage your family to have realistic expectations, everybody in your family should have a peaceful and merry Christmas.


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As the holiday season begins, a lot of families start hosting parties. However, we know that hosting a party alone can be a lot of work. That’s why we want you to know how our TLC for Kids also provides party helpers for busy parents and families.

Our party helpers can do numerous things. Typically our party helpers arrive early and help you set-up you. Then, whatever type of party you may be having our party helpers work a buffet table keeping food stocked, serve dinner, help guests with seconds, or top off drinks. Then, our party helpers stay after the party is over to help with cleanup. We also have party helpers that can work as a bartender if needed. A lot of our party helpers have previous serving experience, so you can be confident that our party helpers are well-prepared to help you host the best holiday party.

Not only do we want to take the stress off of the hosting experience by providing workers to help you cook, serve, and clean, but we also have caregivers that can provide child care during your party. When working a party, our caregivers bring games, arts-and-crafts, and other activities for the children to enjoy so they will be occupied while their parents enjoy the party.

Let TLC for Kids take the stress out of your holiday party planning by providing you with the help you need. Call us today at (314) 725-5660 or visit us online to book your party helpers!