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Tips for a Stress-Free Holiday Weekend

Dessert Holiday Planning Simplicity Stress-Free Sustainability

With the holiday's (literally) right around the corner, it's easy to get caught up with all the planning.

But worry not, we at ChefHandler bring you our stress-free holiday planning tips to ease your worries and make this holiday weekend a simple breeze!

10 Simplicity Strategies

 Knock down your list of chores to the rock-bottom necessity.

Ask yourself what really needs to be done rather than what can be done in an allotted amount of time.

Wrap as you go.

Who needs to spend Christmas Eve catching up on wrapping chores? Sticky notes will help you keep track of gift contents.

Cut the gift list.

Rein in gift exchanges that have been outgrown or lost their meaning. Limit gifts to children only, draw names, or organize a gift exchange!

Call, don’t send cards.

Call up loved ones or use a website! Online greeting cards are easy, inexpensive and fun to send. No more lines at the post office!

Scale back décor.

Substitute a simple door wreath for outdoor lighting, or a small tabletop tree rather than an extravagant one. Focusing holiday decor on the Big Three--front door, tree and focal point--can bring a festive feel to the house without day-long decorating sessions.

Cut down the cleaning.

Focus cleaning attention on kitchen and public rooms; private areas can slide til season’s end. Better to schedule deep-cleaning chores like carpet cleaning until after the wear-and-tear of the holiday season.

Downsize dishwashing.

Hand-washing fine china is nobody’s idea of a good time, so move to everyday stoneware or plastic plates!

Buy, don’t bake.

Turn your back on the oven this year. Supermarkets, bakeries and the freezer department of the discount warehouse are a great source for delicious, pre-baked holiday treats.

Finger food, not a feast.

A plethora of tasty tidbits is easier on the cook and kinder to the waistline than a sit-down dinner. Share the work by hosting pot-luck events.

Stay home!

Cuddling down close to the hearth beats holiday travel any day. A holiday "stay-cation" allows for evening drives to see the lights, family camp-outs in front of the Christmas tree, and evenings spent with carols and popcorn. Fun!

Happy Holidays!

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