How to Create Stress-Free (and Fun!) Holidays
Growing up, holidays mean a break from school, staying in your favorite pajamas all day, filling your time with movies, and of course, the greatest toys straight from Santa himself. Now, the magic has been replaced with trying to fit way too many family gatherings into not enough time, having to whip up a full holiday feast even though you usually stick with takeout, and stressing about all of the work you’ll be coming back to. Well, we’re here to save you and take some things off of your plate. This year it’s all about finding your serenity (and checking things off of your to-do list with as little effort as possible) — so sit back, grab some cookie dough, and chill.
Holiday Meals with Ease
You know that scene from your nightmares (and Christmas Vacation) where you sit down to carve the turkey that you woke up at 6am to make, only to realize that it’s gone terribly, terribly wrong. Well, don't fret. Grab a glass of your favorite wine and your slippers because we've got you covered. For starters, nothing should ever take longer than an hour in the oven (in our opinion) but for you holiday traditionalists out there, we have the answer....
Pre-made holiday meal kits! You don’t have to go to your family in defeat and admit that you resorted to ordering in few pizzas — and in fact, you don’t have to tell them anything. That’s right, Whole Foods offers a variety of pre-cooked holiday meals that you literally just have to heat up (they even have organic options). Or if you are a true believer in the mantra that calories don’t count during the holidays, like us, you can ring up Cracker Barrel for all of your holiday favorites (mac and cheese included). And if that’s not enough for you, even Boston Market has hopped on the holiday dinner train, whether you need a full meal or you just need a couple extra sides of spinach artichoke dip.
Okay so now that your whole holiday banquet is set, and about a million things just fell off of your to-do list, it’s time to move on to gifts. Of course, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution here, but we can at least point you in the right direction. Gift guides really do deserve more credit — whether you are struggling with your office secret Santa (hint: here are gifts under $25) or your best friend is all about the environment (yay for eco-friendly gift options).
Christmas Eve is Here!
What better way to establish a family holiday tradition than new cozy pajamas for the littles every Christmas Eve? This just might be the easiest (and sweetest) thing you do this holiday season — check out this precious collection of kids holiday pajamas and get even more excited for Christmas morning. And while you’re at it, snap a quick picture on Christmas morning of the family in holiday best to get a headstart on next year’s Christmas card. You’re welcome.
It’s Time for Some You-Time
It doesn’t matter if you need a mid-holiday moment to yourself or you’re counting down the minutes to a night of pampering once you get through the craziness, you can’t forget about yourself. We’re already calling it — 2019 is going to be the year of self-care, because, by golly, we deserve it. And here are the ingredients for that mental refresh you need:
- Light a JaxKelly candle, and preferably one that’s here to bring you the inner peace that you’ve been searching for. Even better, once this candle burns out, you’re left with a piece of peach quartz that you can carry with you to make sure you stay peaceful throughout the whole year.
- We are firm believers that spa night should be every night, so start a new personal tradition with this Full Unicorn Beauty facial set that gives you everything you need for the best night at home. Well, everything minus the bubble bath and glass (or two) of wine that are also necessary.
- Slip on your coziest PJs and then roll on this essential oil blend from Little Shop of Oils that’s all about fending off negative vibes (and also making you smell fabulous wherever you’re needing a little extra positivity).
So with that, we’ll say good luck, eat as many cookies as you can, and enjoy the hints of holiday magic whenever they pop up!