With the holiday season fast approaching, time seems to pass by much more quickly. If you’re caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays, you might not realize that you’re making a few mistakes you should try to avoid. From gift giving mishaps to family issues, read on for a list of three crucial mistakes to avoid this holiday season so you can enjoy it stress-free.
1. Gift-Giving SNAFUs
When it comes to gift giving, there are plenty of mistakes that can be made throughout the holidays. These mistakes are actually easy to avoid, but most of us just don’t realize we’re making them. A few examples of gift giving snafus include:
• Attending a party and neglecting to bring the host or hostess a gift
• Re-gifting something you received last year and the tags have been removed, or the item has been used
• Giving electronic gifts and not including batteries
• Gifting clothing that’s in the wrong size (clothing is only recommended for close family and friends for this reason)
• Trying to “upstage” friends and family members by giving extravagant gifts
• Racking up credit card debt for holiday gifts – a financial mistake you’ll regret later
Try to keep your gift list simple and use a gift guide to help you find unique items that will make each recipient happy. Never give someone something that’s over the top and try to avoid gifting clothes unless you’re sure of the size. When you go to a party, bring a nice bottle of wine or flowers for your hostess or host.
2. Family Gathering Upsets
Holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas can bring the entire family together, even the ones you barely see the rest of the time. Sometimes, these moments can end up in an argument or another dramatic tale you’ll likely rehash through the new year. One way to avoid family drama is to keep alcohol consumption to a minimum. You can’t control everyone’s drinking, but at least you can control your own. If you’re hosting the meal or party, have a two-drink limit or make sure everyone paces themselves. Another way to avoid family drama is to limit political discussions. Remember, the holidays are about love and it’s not the time to talk about political issues, debates, or past mistakes. This is the time of year when everyone should be able to put those things aside and come together.
3. Overdoing It
The holidays are a busy time, but that doesn’t mean you need to stretch yourself too thin. Between busy parties and gatherings along with shopping, it’s easy to feel the stress and pressure build. Set boundaries for yourself in advance and stick to them. That way, you’ll be able to actually enjoy this time of year and relax. Don’t be afraid to say no to some invites, and don’t hesitate to put yourself first. Spending time with the ones you love is the most important thing, so don’t allow yourself to feel pressure to be perfect. As long as everyone is happy, healthy, and together, everything else will fall into place this holiday season.