Holidays can be a wonderful time of reconnecting with family and friends, but also a super busy time with high expectations. Unfortunately, this “most wonderful time of the year” can be extremely stressful for those in charge of planning and providing the holiday fun.
There are so many things to do: meal planning, house cleaning, putting up a tree, parties, kid’s events, shopping, wrapping, decorating, Christmas cards…whew! The list goes on and on. It’s stressful just thinking about it!
Everyone will have better holiday memories though, if you can limit the stress and try to relax and enjoy the holidays instead.
Here are seven easy ways you can reduce holiday stress. We can even help you with the first one! The others are something you can do without us.
Let go of the need to do everything yourself
Imagine how much more relaxing it would be to serve your family a delicious, chef-prepared, holiday meal cooked by someone else! Seven Loaves can take care of this for you.
For Thanksgiving, we can provide a roasted turkey and honey baked ham meal complete with cornbread stuffing, a choice of two other side dishes, cranberry relish, giblet gravy, and Parker House rolls. You also have the options of adding a fried whole turkey, pumpkin or pecan pies, and sweet tea. Click here to find all of our Thanksgiving meal details.
If you’d like for us to prepare your Thanksgiving meal, the deadline for Thanksgiving is Monday, November 21, so call us soon! (972 293 5111)
For the Christmas season, we have several additional holiday menu options available. Along with the roasted turkey and honey baked ham meal, you can also choose from citrus herb chicken, cherry bourbon smoked pork tenderloin, herb crusted beef tenderloin, or slow roasted prime rib for your entree. We offer a wide variety of delicious appetizers, salads, sides, and pies to put together your special meal.
If you’re having a party, choose from our many hors’ d-oeuvres options. We have platters available with antipasto, beef tenderloin, cheeses, vegetable crudité, smoked brisket and more.
Give yourself the gift of letting Seven Loaves provide your holiday meal. Check out all of our Christmas season choices and prices here.
Keep Only the Most Important Traditions
Take some time before things get super busy and ask the people in your family what their favorite holiday traditions are. That gingerbread house kit you buy each year for everyone to decorate, but nobody mentioned when asked about their favorite traditions? Let it go! The advent calendar you put time and thought into every Christmas that nobody seems to remember? Let that go, too. Concentrate on doing only the things that are meaningful to your family, and let the rest belong to Christmases of the past.
Take a Walk
Even if you don’t feel like you have time, walk anyway! It seems counter-productive to add a walk to your already-too-busy day. But studies show that getting outside and taking in the sights and sounds of the outdoors for just a few minutes a day can do wonders to boost your mood and energy. If you can’t do half an hour (what most experts recommend), do ten. You’ll feel less stressed and be more equipped to tackle the tasks ahead when you return.
Turn on your favorite music
Take a break from the news and television for a while—the world will still be spinning when you come back after the holidays. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, your mood will improve when you put some music in the background. If Christmas tunes make you feel festive, put those on. But if country music or 1970’s southern rock is your thing, listen to that!
Get plenty of sleep
You already know this—if you get enough sleep at night, you’re going to be better prepared to face a busy day ahead. Even though you have a lot to do, go to bed! You’ll get more done the next day when you’re rested and will end up being more productive than if you stay up late to do things.
Cut out unnecessary activities
November and December are crazy busy months. If some things can wait, let them wait. January will be just as good of a time to do those car inspections, routine vet appointments, and so on.
Possibly most important of all, let go of expecting perfection. You can’t expect perfection from yourself, much less everyone and everything else. Instead of focusing on some impossible-to-attain Martha Stewart holiday scene, enjoy your family—warts and all—and have fun this holiday season!
If we can help prepare food for your holidays, contact us at 972 293 5111.