Surviving the Holidays

Besides Summer, Christmas is definitely one of my favorite times of the year!  I love the decorations, the lights, the love, the miracles and the ambiance that comes with Christmas....

Anyone agree!?

One thing I hate about Christmas is feeling unprepared.

There is nothing worse than getting invited to a last minute Christmas party only to find out that you have nothing to wear and then having to stop and grab the host a bottle of wine on the way...

Anyone else agree!?

{All nodding your heads}

Well, my friends...

follow my simple advice below and I can assure you that you will have a stress-free Holiday!

Drum Roll Please....

Shop on off-peak hours.

It's no secret, that most shoppers are likely to visit the mall on weekend afternoons and weekday evenings....thats when it is most convenient...right!?
Try getting to the mall right when it opens and/or an hour before closing.
This way you will be sure to get a good parking spot and you wont be that stalker that follows me to my car...

ALWAYS have a few extra Christmas gifts lying around.

You never know when that annoying neighbor or random friend will stop in with a Christmas gift and make you look like a deer in the headlights...
ALWAYS have a few gifts lying around that are sure to please everyone AND this way, you wont have to go to the store EVERY TIME you need a host/hostess gift.
Here are a few ideas that I use every year:

1. Who doesn't love Lindt Chocolates!?
2. Who doesn't love a nice bottle of red wine!?
3. Poinsettia Plants! These make great gifts and if you don't give them away, they make GREAT decor! = )
4. Scratch tickets! I always keep a few Christmas cards lying around with some scratch tickets inside...if you don't give them away, you can always scratch them after! Woo hoo!

Buy a few cheap, pretty cocktail dresses for yourself.

You never know when you will get invited to a last minute Christmas party and you will want to look cute without trying everything in your closet on.
Stop in at a discount store like Target or Forever 21 to pick up a cute "emergency" dress.
If you don't wear them, you can alway return them or keep them for next me, you won't regret this!

Give Back!

My local Panera Bread hosts a toys for tots drive every year, so I am always sure to drop off a few new, unwrapped toys for underprivileged kids.
Here are a few small toys that you could pick up and make a huge difference:
All found at Wal-Mart:

Do I even need to mention that it feels so rewarding to help out families in need?

Can't afford another gift!?
Don't worry, you can volunteer your time!
Soup Kitchens and local towns are always looking for help this time of year.

Don't wait until the last minute!

You don't want to be running around at the last minute looking for that special gift for that special someone.
Don't forget to start shopping early so that you are not trying to purchase everyone's Christmas gifts with one paycheck!
Did you know that a lot of banks offer year round Christmas Savings Accounts that you can't touch until December 1?
Great idea!

Coupons, Coupons, Coupons!

Don't forget to use coupons! Especially around Christmas time, there are just coupons for EVERYTHING!
The only excuse you have is that you are too lazy to"find them"
Well listen up people, THEY ARE EVERYWHERE
I suggest that before you go shopping that you look in a local paper to see if there are coupons for the stores that you plan on visiting...I bet you anything that there is some kind of coupon in there.

I keep all of my coupons in my Coach wristlet and throw it in my purse when I go shopping.  That way they are easily accessible when I switch purses, etc. (Make sure to throw the expired ones away before you leave the don't want to be rifling through piles of coupons in the middle of the store).

A lot of companies send out coupons via email now.
Consider signing up for your favorite stores email club online.
Don't want your personal email filling up with spams, groupons and coupons?
No Worries, Gmail offers FREE email accounts, so make a special Christmas email account and sign up!
That way, you can keep your personal life and coupon hoarding separate!

I hope that you enjoyed my Christmas Survival Guide and that you will benefit from some of my ideas!
I'd love to hear how you survive the Holiday madness!



  1. It's so true that you should always have some extra presents lying around. It never fails that Great Aunt Sally's friend will walk up and hand you a gift and you feel horrible not returning the favor, even though you've never heard of/met her, lol.

    And I love that you can volunteer your time. It really does get stressful with all the Christmas presents you have to buy and wishing you could help out the less fortunate, but money is just so tight. I really need to look into volunteering at a soup kitchen or something :)

  2. all such fantastic ideas!! especially about keeping extra gifts around, very necessary!

  3. Great tips!! The poinsettia plant idea is fantastic. I love F21 dresses for the holidays, especially when I only wear it once.

  4. Scratches, lotto tickets are great gifts!

    P.S They even make fake ones! That can be even funner! LOL!

    I am doing a Holiday Giveaway from Sephora! Hope you stop by and enter!

    Happy Holidays,

    Brooke♥ ❤ ❥