31 days to take the Stress out of Christmas

Tomorrow is October 1st, which if you have been around here for a while you know that means I join Nester in writing each day for 31 days during the month of October.

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This will actually be my 4th year writing a 31 days series during the month of October.  In 2011 I wrote 31 Days to Decorate your Home on a Budget.   In 2012 I wrote and DID 31 days of Pinterest: Pinned to Done.  I chose 31 pins off my Pinterest boards ranging from DIY projects, crafts, and recipes, and actually did them!  And in 2013 I wrote 31 days of Fall Inspiration. 

This year I will be writing and learning right along with you in a series entitled 31 Days to take the Stress out of Christmas.

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Since Christmas is coming faster than we think, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to step back before the stress begins and examine why that time can be so stressful and what we can do to change it.  I plan to share ways you can start NOW to do prep work so that there is not so much on your to-do list once the final bite of turkey is consumed at Thanksgiving.  Ideas for home-made gifts, shopping for gifts, wrapping gifts, Christmas cards, decorating, along with scheduling, planning, making things more simple – all of those and more will be discussed.  I want this series to be something that I can and will and I hope you will want to use each year in the months leading up to Christmas to prepare ahead, plan, and think about how you will keep the stress out of Christmas and truly enjoy the season for what it is.   I think we all would love just relish in the season, relax and make lasting family memories, and truly enjoy reflecting on the true reason for the season.  But often all the extra “to-do’s” that get added to our list that month seem to make that impossible.

So come join me starting tomorrow and every day during the month of October as we plan, dream, and get inspired for Christmas.   Make sure to subscribe by email to get every post delivered directly to your inbox, or follow along on facebook.

31 days to take the Stress out of Christmas

This post will serve as the directory for this series and I will add each day’s link to this post after they are posted.  So you can bookmark or pin this post and at any time come back to it to see every link to this series.

  1. Why does Christmas = stress?  2 ways you can make Christmas memory-filled instead of stress-filled
  2. What do you need to change to take the stress out of Christmas
  3. Set a Christmas budget
  4. Make a gift list
  5. Keep gifts simple
  6. 15+ homemade teacher gifts
  7. Non-food Gifts in a Jar
  8. $10 or less DIY Homemade Gifts
  9. Neighbor Gift Ideas
  10. Homemade Gifts you can make in 10 minutes or less
  11. Plan ahead using a calendar
  12. Make a detailed to-do list
  13. 25+ Creative & Easy DIY Gift Wrap Ideas
  14. Wrap gifts as you buy them or the first week of December
  15. Make a Christmas bucket list (take time for traditions)
  16. Stock up on household & kitchen essentials before the holidays
  17. Deep clean and organize your house before the holidays
  18. 5 tips to sending Christmas cards
  19. Creative ideas for your Christmas photo or Christmas photo card
  20. Creative ideas for displaying Christmas cards
  21. 6 tips for hosting a stress-free Christmas party
  22. Family Favorites Christmas recipes
  23. Make and freeze cookie dough to have fresh, hot cookies in minutes 
  24. 25+ Homemade Food Gifts in Jars
  25. Keeping Christmas simple (not stressful) with kids


  1. love your post

  2. I can’t wait!! I’ve loved your other “31 days” series, and know this one will be just as good! Can’t wait to read about your tips, decoration ideas, inspiration, etc.!
    Blessings to you,

  3. Looking forward to this series. 🙂

    Have a blessed afternoon…

  4. Oh! I can’t wait! You always come up with best ideas! I, too, loved each year’s series and re-read them periodically.

    This year’s series is a great topic. Thanks for your work and dedication.

  5. What a great idea and I look forward to the series. Finally being in new home I want to really enjoy the holidays. After a year of waiting I’m looking forward to new decorating for the new house. Right after Thanksgiving things will roll.


  6. I can’t wait to follow along with this series! With a baby due the week of Thanksgiving, this is going to be the most stressful holiday season for us to date. If I could hurry up and get this nursery done then maybe I could get some holiday stuff done ahead of time too!
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  7. It looks like another good series this year! I love Christmas but it can get stressful at times, so I look forward to reading what you have to share!
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  8. Oh my goodness, I am obsessed with Christmas so this series is absolutely perfect for me!
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  9. Love this! I so inspire to have a drama-free holiday season. Hopefully the rest of the family will get on board.
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